Wearing her daffodil with pride, Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart lent her support to Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal at the Scottish Parliament on 3 March 2015.
Anne met staff and heard about the work of the charity that cares for terminally ill people and their families across Scotland. She posed with a placard pledging support for people with a terminal illness.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraiser, which encourages everyone to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin in March. The money raised will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to local people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and in the two Scottish Marie Curie Hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Anne McTaggart MSP said: “I’m delighted to be able to support Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal and play my part in encouraging as many people as possible to donate so that they can continue to provide such fantastic care. Without the millions of pounds donated by the public every year, many families across Scotland wouldn’t be able to enjoy the precious time they have left together. I hope that as many people as possible donate to the appeal this year and help make 2015 it the best year yet.”
Richard Meade, Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland said: “It’s thanks to the support of MSPs such as Anne we can spread the word about the Great Daffodil Appeal and raise vital funds to support terminally ill people in Scotland. Every March millions of people across the UK support our biggest fundraising campaign and it’s easy to join in, simply give a donation and wear your daffodil pin. With the support of the Scottish Parliament Scotland will lead the way in caring for people with a terminal illness.”
Marie Curie is the leading charity providing care to people with any terminal illness in their own homes or in one of its nine hospices. The charity is also a leader in research into the best ways of caring for people with a terminal illness. In addition to this the charity designs and advises on end of life services and works to ensure that the best possible care and patient choice is at the heart of commissioning end of life care across the UK. All Marie Curie services are completely free of charge. Around 70% of the charity’s income comes from donations with the balance of funds coming from the NHS.
The Great Daffodil Appeal
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign and encourages everyone to give a donation and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins during March
Since the first Great Daffodil Appeal took place in 1986, more than £70 million has been raised to fund the charity’s work. This money has enabled Marie Curie to provide more of the free hands-on care and emotional support the charity is renowned for. Daffodil pins will be available from volunteer collectors, local shops and supermarkets.
To find out how you can get involved in the Great Daffodil Appeal visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0845 601 3107
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