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Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families, is urgently calling for volunteers in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire 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[1] and of this number 75% will need end of life care.[2] The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide much-needed expert care to people across Bristol with terminal illnesses, as well as support for their loved ones.

Helen Isbell, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Bristol, 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.”

Diane Smallridge from Bristol, 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 Helen on Helen.Isbell@mariecurie.org.uk or 0117 9247 275.

[1] Based on ONS population projections, 2018.

[2] Source: www.mariecurie.org.uk/globalassets/media/documents/policy/marie-curie-reports/state-of-the-nations-mariecurie-report-england.pdf

Mike Davies
Author: Mike Davies