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great daffodil appeal?

February 2017

Great Daffodil Appeal

Most people today have heard about Marie Curie – it is one of the most popular charities in the UK. They provide understanding, care and support for people living with any terminal illness. They also offer the same support for families – a vital need that can be overlooked.  Last year alone they cared for over 40,000 people in the UK and the numbers and the demands on their resources grow year on year.

Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

Their origins are linked to the Marie Curie Hospital in London, a pioneering hospital opened in London in 1930 by Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin to treat women suffering from cancer and allied diseases. Now of course their team of trained nurses provide one to one nursing care and support daytime and also overnight in one’s own home for men and women.

They offer a remarkable and invaluable service and rely on charitable donations to keep going.

Next month Marie Curie is holding its Great Daffodil Appeal

This is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign and takes place throughout March. The charity is simply asking people to simply make a donation in return for a Marie Curie daffodil pin.

Your daffodil counts

This pin is very attractive to wear, and all funds raised will help Marie Curie Nurses provide vital care and support to people and their loved ones dealing with a terminal.
Daffodil pins will be available from Marie Curie volunteers at a mass of locations across the country and in Superdrug, Spar and Poundworld stores, and Wyevale Garden Centres.
You can help in two ways. First, if you can possibly spare two hours during March to help collect for this special appeal, visit the website and sign up.

For more information call 0800 304 7025
There are locations in towns and even tiny villages right across the UK and a range of dates and times you can help with.
Alternatively, make sure you buy a daffodil pin when you see them being sold. Any contribution you make will be going to a very worthwhile cause.

Jennie Clark of The Great Daffodil Appeal, said: “When my husband Ken was ill with cancer, he said he wanted to come home from hospital. As a family, we knew he was coming home to die. I thought we would be looking after him by ourselves, but then we had the option of Marie Curie Nurses. The nurse who was there the night he died was wonderful. She treated him with such dignity and care. I’d like other families to have special moments together like we did, at times when it matters most. That’s why I’m donating and wearing a daffodil.”

Sally Monger Godfrey, Marie Curie Nurse, said: “Make every daffodil count. Your daffodil means I can care for someone in their own home, and be there for them through the night. You make a difference to people at the end of their lives, which in many ways is just as important as at the start.”
Their website will tell you lots more about this amazing charity.

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