This week, Marie Curie has launched its biggest annual fundraising campaign – the Great Daffodil Appeal – and is appealing for local people to volunteer to help with street and supermarket collections. By volunteering for two hours at a location near you and encouraging your community to donate and wear a daffodil, you will be helping to ensure nurses can care for more people with a terminal illness.
The Great Daffodil Appeal runs throughout Spring and the first collections across Yorkshire will take place at the beginning of February. The collections in Wetherby will be happening on Thursday 28th February, Friday 1st March and Saturday 2nd March at Morrisons Wetherby.
Throughout Yorkshire last year, Marie Curie raised over £250,000 and in 2019 the Charity is hoping to raise over £285,000 from a range of different fundraising activities including supermarket and street collections between February and April. A total of 2800 volunteers are required at over 150 locations across Yorkshire to support the Great Daffodil Appeal collections. Volunteering and fundraising plays a fundamental role in supporting the nursing service in the region. In 2017/18, Marie Curie nurses cared for over 4,000 patients across Yorkshire, made over 14,000 home visits and delivered over 150,000 hours of care.
Each daffodil sold will bring care and support to people going through one of the toughest times any of us will face. And the more daffodils worn with pride, the more families Marie Curie can help.
Faye Cryer, Community Fundraiser for Leeds and Wetherby explained: “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 to be there when 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. Every daffodil helps us care for more people – this is what makes the Great Daffodil Appeal so important.”
If you have any spare time on your hands and are keen to volunteer for a worthy cause then please sign up for Great Daffodil Appeal collections by visiting www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or calling free on 0800 304 7025.