Marie Curie is urgently calling for volunteers in Preston to give just two hours of their time to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pins, in return for donations.Advertisement
Volunteers will be supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal – Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, which is held every March.
Rosziena Kamal, from Preston and her mother, Margaret, received Marie Curie nursing care at home during the last twelve months of her life. Rosziena and her daughter, Samarah, now regularly volunteer to collect for Marie Curie during the Great Daffodil Appeal. She said:
“Marie Curie Nurses came out and gave us time so we could sleep and so we could carry on the next day. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to give my mum what she wanted most – to be at home. They were our life line at the most difficult time of our lives. They supported myself, my sister and my mum emotionally and with dignity and compassion.
“I decided to volunteer to collect for Marie Curie because I know there’s more people out there that need the help too. You get to hear so many stories, and I can say to people that ‘I fully understand – I’ve been in your position’.
Without fundraising, it won’t be possible for the charity to continue to offer its services completely free. I’m proud to volunteer to collect for the Great Daffodil Appeal, knowing that someone else will be able to receive the care and support for their loved one like we did.”
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families,
Ruth Todd, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Preston, 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.”
In the next 10 years, more than six million people will die in the UK and of this number 75% will need end of life care. The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses across Preston provide much-needed expert care to people with terminal illnesses, as well as support for their loved ones.
To volunteer for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal and give out the charity’s daffodils pins in return for donations, visit mariecurie.org.uk/collect or contact Ruth Todd on Ruth.Todd@mariecurie.org.uk/ 01254 855 5031.