Terminal illness charity, Marie Curie is appealing for volunteers to give two hours of their time to hand out its iconic daffodil pins, in return for donations.
The Great Daffodil Appeal
The charity is hoping to get more people than ever wearing the daffodil pin during its annual fundraiser; the Great Daffodil Appeal this month.
Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, Helen Isbell says: “Marie Curie says that the appeal is urgently needed as one in four people currently don’t receive the care and support they need at the end of their life*, and with the population getting older, demand on the charity’s services is set to increase.
“The money raised will help Marie Curie Nurses be there for more people living with a terminal illness, providing them with vital one-to-one nursing care and support in their own homes.
“Volunteering to collect donations in return for daffodil pins is a fun and easy way to get involved in the local community. You can collect with a friend or partner and know that you are helping Marie Curie be there when we are needed most.
“Chances are, we all know someone who’s been affected by a terminal illness. And it’s heartbreaking that not everyone gets the care and support they need to live their final days with dignity, in the place they want to be. Our nurses care for people in their own homes, providing one-to-one care overnight and support for family members. And we’re always here with expert information, guidance or just a shoulder to lean on.
“Whatever your story, donating and wearing a daffodil pin during March unites you with millions of others to help make sure all dying people get the care and support they deserve.”
Why Sian and Sarah will be volunteering
Sisters Sian and Sarah will both be volunteering for the Great Daffodil Appeal this March after their mother, Shirley, was cared for by Marie Curie before her death from stomach cancer in January 2017.
Sian says: “When Marie Curie was looking after our mum, the nurses were kind, caring and patient and nothing was too much trouble. Without Marie Curie, I don’t think we would have got through the last few weeks of mum’s life as well as we did. We will be forever in debt to Marie Curie, and we cannot thank them enough. Volunteering to collect is a great way for us to start to give back to the charity. It’s what mum would want.”
“The best thing about volunteering to collect is definitely meeting people. People will stop for a chat and tell you about their experiences of how Marie Curie helped them. I really like doing it together with my sister, although we can get a bit competitive over how much we’ve raised!”
Those wishing to volunteer two hours of their time to the Great Daffodil Appeal or to find out more about the appeal, can visit mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call free on 0800 304 7025.
The Great Daffodil Appeal in Broadmead
Volunteers from Marie Curie will be collecting for the Great Daffodil Appeal in Broadmead on Saturday 23 March 2019 – please give generously!