Volunteers sought for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families, is urgently calling for volunteers in Bideford to give just two hours of their time to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pins in return for donations.

Volunteers will be supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal – Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, held every March.

In the next 10 years, more than six million people will die in the UK, and of this number 75% will need end of life care. The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide much-needed expert care to people across North Devon with terminal illnesses, as well as support for their loved ones.

Riona Houghton, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Somerset and North Devon, said: “Whether you wear a daffodil pin in celebration, in solidarity, or in memory of a loved one, you are joining with millions of others to help make sure Marie Curie Nurses can care for more people, as well as providing invaluable support to their families.

Volunteering just two hours at a local collection is a great way to show your support and help us raise money to help make sure that we can be there for more people at the end of their lives.

Collecting can be a lot of fun too. You can do it on your own or with family and friends, and we will support you every step of the way. Volunteering is also an easy way to get involved in your local community and meet new people.”

Peter Bailey from Bideford said: “I collect every year for the Great Daffodil Appeal and it’s a great feeling to be supporting such an important cause. Marie Curie Nurses cared for my wife Christine after she was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer, the nurses supported all of the family and it meant Christine could die at home with us.

I’ve now been collecting for over 25 years I’ve met so many kind and interesting people over the years – many of whom have directly benefited from the care provided by Marie Curie Nurses in their own homes.’’

To volunteer for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal and give out the charity’s daffodils pins in return for donations, please visit mariecurie.org.uk/collect or contact Riona on Riona.houghton@mariecurie.org.uk or call 0117 9420 429.

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About the Great Daffodil Appeal –

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, held every March.

Every donation and daffodil worn helps Marie Curie provide vital care for people living with a terminal illness and support for their families.

8 million daffodil pins are distributed each year.

Around £6 million was raised last year and £120 million in total raised since the campaign began in 1986.

Over 2,700 Marie Curie Nurses work across the country in people’s homes and the charity’s nine hospices, providing 1.2 million hours of nursing care every year.

Daffodil pins are available from volunteers on high streets across the country, as well as Marie Curie shops, Superdrug, Savers, SPAR UK, Hotter Shoes and Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group.

Visit mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0800 304 7025 for more information.

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