Paisley’s MSP George Adam got behind the daffodil to lend his support to the Great Daffodil Appeal at the Scottish Parliament recently.
George met staff and heard about the work of the charity that last year provided care and support for more than 7,400 people living with a terminal illness in Scotland. George also got to catch up with local fundraisers Julie McGuire, Jayne Cumming, Norma Lawrie and Lynn Wilson who were through at the Scottish Parliament to celebrate the charity’s 30th year.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign which takes place throughout March. The charity asks people to make a donation in return for a daffodil pin. All funds raised help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones, in their own homes or at the charities two Scottish hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Speaking on the Great Daffodil Appeal, George said, “Marie Curie provides a fantastic service to people during their time of need. Every year, I wear my daffodil with pride and feel really moved by the job Marie Curie and it volunteers carry out to raise funds and support people with terminal illnesses. I had the pleasure of welcoming 4 local volunteers through to parliament, Julie McGuire, Jayne Cumming, Norma Lawrie and Lynn Wilson.
‘Over the past 4 years their group has raised around £75,000 for Marie Curie which is an incredible achievement. One of their fundraising events is a firewalk, which I have taken part in the last 2 years. This year’s event takes place on Friday 30th September , at the Ogilvie Club in Paisley. The previous 2 walks have raised £22,000 , and all the money raised stays locally. Anyone wanting to take part can email Julie McGuire on firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland said: “We’re calling on everyone in Scotland get behind the daffodil and join George supporting people living with a terminal illness by donating and wearing a daffodil pin. Your support will help us provide more free hands-on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.”
To support the Great Daffodil Appeal call 0845 601 3107 (local rate) or pledge £5 by texting DAFF to 70111*. Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.
The Great Daffodil Appeal
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign and encourages everyone to give a donation in return for a daffodil pin during March. This year is the 30th anniversary of the launch, which first took place in 1986. Money raised helps Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families. Daffodil pins will be available from our volunteers across the country, Superdrug and WHSmiths shops, and Wyevale garden centres. For more information call 0845 601 3107 (*local rate) or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil #getbehindthedaff
Marie Curie Support Line 0800 090 2309*
If you’ve got questions about terminal illness or simply want someone to talk to, call the Marie Curie Support Line for free confidential support and practical information on all aspects of terminal illness. *Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.