Volunteers needed now for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal in Devon

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Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 9:24am

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

Lauren Peters, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Devon, 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.”

Sue Shaw from Newton Abbot, said: “I collect every year for the Great Daffodil Appeal and it’s a great feeling to be supporting such an important cause. Marie Curie Nurses cared for my husband, Joe, during the last three weeks of his life enabling us to fulfil his dearest wish to die at home.

“Since then I have volunteered at collections, completed a 10 mile sponsored trek over Dartmoor, helped with fundraising events and joined the Newton Abbot fundraising group – all raising much needed funds to provide nursing care and support to others like Joe with terminal illnesses in Devon. 

“I’ve met so many kind and interesting people along the way - many of whom have also directly benefited from the care provided by Marie Curie.”

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 email Lauren at Lauren.peters@mariecurie.org.uk or call her on 07949 187171.