Cancer and heart disease continue to be the biggest killers Scotland wide and also in the Borders.
The National Records of Scotland’s recently published 2014 figures of births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships show cancer deaths up by 1.3 per cent and deaths from coronary heart disease up by 3.4 per cent. Borders figures reflect the national picture, and of the 1389 deaths in the region during 2014, 417 were due to heart disease and 301 to cancer.
Last year more than 7,400 people in the region were living with a terminal illness and as the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal gets into full swing people in the region are being asked to get behind it.
SNP MSP for South Scotland, Paul Wheelhouse, met Marie Curie staff and heard about the work that the charity undertakes, including providing care and support for those who are terminally ill.
Paul said afterwards: “Marie Curie nurses carried out 306 visits to 64 people in the NHS Borders area in 2014/15 – that work is enabled by kind donations and the support of the public during campaigns like the Great Daffodil Appeal.
“I thank the nurses for the support they provide and the public in the Scottish Borders for their continued support of the fundraising efforts of Marie Curie.
Richard Meade, Marie Curie head of policy and public affairs Scotland added: “Your support will help us provide more free hands-on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.”
To support the Great Daffodil Appeal call 0845 601 3107 (local rate) or pledge £5 by texting DAFF to 70111*. Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.”
On a cheerier note there were 1038 births in the Borders during 2014 (511 boys, 527 girls) and 670 marriages (28 of which where same sex marriages - all in December 2014 when it was introduced in Scotland) and one civil partnership ceremony.