After a long and distinguished career in nursing spanning more than thirty years, Mary Hinds is on a mission to fight for “a better end of life care for all” in Northern Ireland.
Mary Hinds has more than 30 years of experience as a nursing professional and has held a number of distinguished roles in Northern Ireland.
In a long and varied career, Mary has held the position of the Director of Nursing at the Public Health Agency. Mary was also previously the Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Northern Ireland.
In 2019, Mary was awarded the Mercy Medal by the Belfast Trust and Mater Hospital Trustees in recognition of her contribution to health care. In 2021, Mary was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing for her contributions to nursing in Northern Ireland.
In addition to her work as a Trustee for Marie Curie, Mary also volunteers and provides direct support and advice to families bereaved during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Commenting on her appointment as a Marie Curie Trustee and commenting on the importance of Marie Curie’s work, Mary Hinds said:
“It is a great pleasure to serve as a trustee for Marie Curie.
“Marie Curie is recognised for its role in caring for and supporting patients and families facing the challenges of dealing with a terminal illness.
“Marie Curie Nurses and Staff are out there night and day providing care, comfort, and support to individuals and families all year round. Never has this been more evident than during a Global Pandemic.
“My Daffodil is for better end of life care for all. Everyone, no matter where they are – has a right to palliative care and a dignified passing, both for them and their family.”
“With an ageing population and with more people living longer with different health conditions and a range of complex needs, more people are requiring palliative care before they die.
“No one should pass away in pain, helpless or alone and we must all continue to work towards reducing the barriers and challenges to accessing the very best care available when people need it the most. No one should be excluded from the very best that palliative care can offer.
“The Great Daffodil Appeal plays an important role in raising vital funds to support the work of Marie Curie Nurses and Staff. I would encourage everyone to get involved, wear their daffodil and support our annual appeal this month.”