Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, joined forces with presenter Anneka Rice to help Marie Curie provide care and support to people living with terminal illnesses.
An event was held in Parliament on 4 March to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign which is held every March. Launched in 1986, the Great Daffodil Appeal is crucial. The funds it raises enable the charity to continue providing nursing care, hospice care, information and a freephone support line for people living with any terminal illness such as terminal cancer, dementia, heart failure and motor neurone disease.
Every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life. Without the support of the public through the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie nurses would not be able to provide care to people living with terminal illnesses and their families.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I am proud to support to the Great Daffodil Appeal and I am encouraging my constituents to donate to Marie Curie and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins.
“The money raised by the Appeal helps to fund vital care and support for people living with terminal illnesses and their families.
“It is essential that everybody gets the care and support they need at the end of their life, and that can be provided to them by Marie Curie and their amazing nurses.”
Anneka Rice said:
“I was thrown into a world of utter confusion and sadness when I had to care for two elderly parents, living separately but both with dementia.
“At the time, I wish I’d known about the organisations that exist to help.
“We all want to be well-looked after at the end of our lives.
“Marie Curie need our help, so that they can help more people have a good death.”
Scott Sinclair, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie, said:
“Too many people miss out on the care and support they need.
“By donating and wearing a daffodil pin in March, you are helping us to support more people at the most difficult time of their lives.
“We want to make sure that everyone affected by terminal illness, wherever they may live, gets the right support, at the right time – whether that is high quality nursing care, emotional and practical support, or fast access to the benefits they need.”
To find out more about the Great Daffodil Appeal, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call or call 0800 304 7025 for more information.