Volunteers urgently needed for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal in Somerset
Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families, is making a second call to the residents of Somerset to give just two hours of their time to support the Great Daffodil Appeal – Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, held every March.
Riona Houghton, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Somerset and North Devon, said: “We are struggling to find enough volunteers in Somerset to help with our supermarket collections for the Great Daffodil Appeal. We would urge anyone from the Somerset community who can spare a couple of hours to please get in touch.
“Collecting can be a lot of fun, you can do it on your own or with family and friends, and we will support you every step of the way. We only ask our volunteers to do two-hour shifts, and you can sign up for just the one or as many as you’d like!
“We are extremely grateful to all our current volunteers and to everyone who has come forward so far, but we do need more. We’d also welcome any local businesses who would like to get involved – we have businesses in other parts of the South West who are allowing their staff a couple of hours off each in March to take part.”
The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide much-needed expert care to people across Somerset with terminal illnesses, as well as support for their loved ones.
Sue Golden from Bridgwater said: “I collect every year for the Great Daffodil Appeal and it’s a great feeling to be supporting such an important cause. I’ve met so many kind and interesting people along the way – 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.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 9420 429.
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Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness
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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.
Vijay Arora collects for the Great Daffodil Appeal 2020