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It was a pleasure to launch this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal with actress Jane Horrockks and Marie Curie UK Healthcare Assistant Danielle Cobb.

This is the 37th Great Daffodil Appeal and this event was about celebrating and raising awareness of this yearly fundraiser which supports those affected by terminal illness.

Held every March, the Great Daffodil Appeal is when the charity encourages supporters new and old to wear their daffodil pins, make a donation to raise money which goes towards supporting both people affected by terminal illness, and those dealing with death, dying and bereavement.

I am proud to support the Great Daffodil Appeal because everyone should have the best possible care and support at the end of life and Marie Curie is on a mission to deliver that.

Donating to Marie Curie means that their nurses and bereavement counsellors can continue to deliver much needed support not only to those at the end of life but also to those left behind.

Demand for palliative and end of life care is rising rapidly, and we expect this trend to continue as the population ages.

Last year over 66,000 people received direct support from Marie Curie. Either through their nursing services in people’s homes, at one of the nine Marie Curie hospices, via the free Information and Support phone line and webchat, or through their volunteer helper and companion services.

More information can be found at

On 23 March you may join the third UK National Day of Reflection. Led by Marie Curie, anyone may take part to support the millions of people who are grieving the death of a loved one and connect so no one has to grieve alone. To find out more visit


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