Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, is supporting a call to 'make every daffodil count' for Marie Curie as the terminal illness charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal gets underway.

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign taking place throughout March. The charity is asking people to simply give a donation and wear a Marie Curie daffodil pin. All funds raised help Marie Curie Nurses be there for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes or at the charity’s two Scottish hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Marie Curie Nurses work night and day in people’s homes across the UK, and hospices provide expert care round the clock. 6,500 people will need palliative care in the Highlands and Islands each year.

Marie Curie continues to work with the new health and social care partnerships to ensure that palliative care services reach more people and everyone gets the care they need. 

Rhoda Grant MSP said: “Money raised from this appeal will provide invaluable support to people living with a terminal illness and their families. Marie Curie Nurses work tirelessly and selflessly providing care, emotional support and guidance to people throughout the Highlands and Islands during incredibly difficult times. I wholeheartedly offer my backing to this year’s appeal.”

Susan Lowes, Marie Curie Policy & Public Affairs Manager Scotland said: “One in four people, around 11,000 in Scotland, miss out on the care they need and that’s not good enough. Join our biggest annual fundraising appeal and help us provide vital hands on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones. Make every daffodil count by donating and wearing your daffodil pin.”

Information is available from www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0800 304 7025.

To donate £5, text DAFF to 70111 - Texts cost £5 plus your standard network rate. 98% of your donation is received by Marie Curie.