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Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal will support Penarth hospice

COVID won’t wilt Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal as charity urges Vale supporters to step into spring to help.

End of life charity, Marie Curie, is calling on people across the Vale of Glamorgan to step into spring next month by completing a daily 10,000 step challenge or take part in a virtual St David’s Day quiz to show support for those impacted by death, dying and bereavement.

Marie Curie’s flagship fundraiser the Great Daffodil Appeal – which is reaching its 35th anniversary next month – has, for the first time, had to cancel all of their iconic public collections for the campaign. The charity is facing a potential loss of over £3 million due to this, but is encouraging the people of the Vale to support in a variety of creative ways.

One way the charity is hoping their supporters will back the campaign is by donning their trainers, getting out in the great outdoors every day and walking 10,000 steps. The Great Daffodil Appeal is the largest fundraising campaign in the hospice sector and, since it began in 1986, the money raised has helped Marie Curie run its essential frontline services providing care and support to people with terminal illnesses and their families across the UK.

If getting out and about for a walk isn’t your style, you can also sign up to a St David’s Day quiz recorded by Strictly Come Dancing professional Amy Dowden.  The quiz – featuring questions all about Wales – aims to discover How Welsh Are You Anyway? and has been developed to help people celebrate the day of our patron saint virtually while supporting the charity.  

The last 12 months have been extremely difficult, as key fundraising events have been cancelled and all of Marie Curie’s charity shops have had to close.

Despite the cancelled public collections, the charity is calling on the public to dig deep and donate online, where they can also order their iconic daffodil pins too.

All donations from the Great Daffodil Appeal will ensure that Marie Curie Nurses, doctors and hospice staff can continue working on the frontline throughout the pandemic caring for people at end of life in people’s homes across the Vale and in the Cardiff and the Vale Hospice in Penarth.

Penarth Times: Marie Curie staff and volunteers celebrating the 60th anniversary of the hospice in Penarth in 2019. Marie Curie staff and volunteers celebrating the 60th anniversary of the hospice in Penarth in 2019.

Last year, the charity saw a 16.5% rise in the number of people they cared for at end of life, compared to 2019 and their support line saw a 20% increase in calls too.              

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Hannah Leckie, community fundraiser for Cardiff and the Vale, said: “The Great Daffodil Appeal is vitally important to us. Having been held every March for over three decades, this is the first time we’ve had to cancel all of our public collections. This is a huge blow as each volunteer would raise £80 from a collection shift: enough to pay for the equivalent of four hours of nursing care.

“The campaign would normally bring together millions of people across the country to volunteer, fundraise, donate and wear a daffodil and we’re still encouraging people to do this in any way they can in a safe manner.”

“Around 300 people a day already miss out on the end of life support they need and we expect this figure to rise as a result of the pandemic, combined with usual winter pressures associated with seasonal flu and the backlog of people who have missed diagnoses.

“In these unprecedented times we need peoples’ support now more than ever. Volunteers play a huge role in helping us raise money, continue our vital work across the Vale of Glamorgan and ensure Marie Curie Nurses can be there to provide end of life care when people need it.”

During the Great Daffodil Appeal the first annual National Day of Reflection will take place. Since the first lockdown began in 2020, millions of people have been bereaved. Join Marie Curie on 23 March, the first anniversary of UK lockdown, for a day to reflect and commemorate this tragic loss of life.

For more information on how to fundraise, donate or set up a virtual collection, visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil

To sign up to the quiz, email [email protected] and the team will tell you how you can donate and send you a fundraising pack complete with Welsh recipes and other fun activities.

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