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A CHARITY is seeking volunteers across Keighley, Airedale and Craven to support people with a terminal illness.

 

Marie Curie is appealing for recruits to join its helper service.

 

The scheme matches trained volunteers with terminally-ill people to provide companionship and emotional support.

 

Participants spend about three hours a week with the person, enabling carers and relatives to take a break.

 

Travel expenses are reimbursed.

 

Service manager Andrew Oldham said the initiative had been operating across Bradford for several months, but the charity was keen to extend it.

 

"We're pleased to be developing the service in Keighley and the wider Airedale and Craven districts," he added.

 

"We know there is a growing need for our volunteer support and all signs are that this will continue in the coming months.

 

"Marie Curie is committed to supporting people in their own homes where possible and the helper service is an important part of that."

 

For more details, visit mariecurie.org.uk/helper, e-mail WestYorkshireHelper@mariecurie.org.uk or CravenHelper@mariecurie.org.uk or call freephone 0800 304 7411.