Hugh Grant has said that terminally ill cancer patients must be made aware of nursing services which allow them to die at home.
At the British Museum in central London, the 48-year-old described how Marie Curie workers had cared for his mother in her final hours.
The Four Weddings And A Funeral star told the charity’s supporters that despite being a ‘hard-hearted person’, he thought the nurses had been ‘marvellous’.
Grant said: ‘They were so fantastic to my mum who, eight years ago almost to the day, was in her last 24 hours, and if you can ever have a happy last 24 hours she pretty much had one, and entirely thanks to Marie Curie.’
The charity used a YouGov poll to reveal that nearly four out of five people did not know that a Marie Curie nurse would be available to them, while half did not know how to get one.
Marie Curie chief executive Thomas Hughes-Hallett believes it is vital patients are made aware of the charity’s services.
He said: ‘Everyone knows about Marie Curie these days but they don’t know how to get a Marie Curie nurse and they don’t know that there’s a nurse on every doorstep in Britain except six places.’