Charity seeking Northamptonshire volunteers to help those with a terminal illness

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Terminal illness charity Marie Curie is asking people of Northamptonshire to volunteer to collect for its Great Daffodil Appeal in March and April.

Volunteering for two hours as the first daffodils of the year begin to bloom, by giving out daffodil pins in return for a donation, can help Marie Curie nurses be there for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes.

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign, which takes place throughout March, but the charity needs people from Northamptonshire to sign up to volunteer now.

Laura Foy, community fundraiser for Marie Curie said: “We are calling on the people of Northamptonshire to help us make every daffodil count this year.

“All you have to do is encourage people to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin, it’s that simple.

“So round up your friends, family and colleagues and together we can help Marie Curie nurses provide vital hands on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones.”

Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

Jennie Clark, face of The Great Daffodil Appeal, said: “When my husband Ken was ill with cancer, he said he wanted to come home from hospital.

“As a family, we knew he was coming home to die. I thought we would be looking after him by ourselves, but then we had the option of Marie Curie Nurses.

“The nurse who was there the night he died was wonderful.

“She treated him with such dignity and care.

“I’d like other families to have special moments together like we did, at times when it matters most.

“That’s why I’m donating and wearing a daffodil.”

For more information on how to get involved in the Great Daffodil Appeal, contact Laura Foy on 01604 442316 or email laura.foy@mariecurie.org.uk.