Moray MP Douglas Ross is backing Marie Curie’s 35th Great Daffodil Appeal as we enter the final couple of weeks of the campaign.
The charity’s biggest annual fundraising campaign is held every March, but for the first time has had to cancel all public collections due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
That has left Marie Curie facing a potential loss of more than £3million.
Despite the cancellation of many fundraising events over the past 12 months, there has been a 16.5% rise in the number of people the charity cared for at end of life and a 20% increase in calls.
Mr Ross has pledged to support the Great Daffodil Appeal and is encouraging local people in Moray to donate and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins to help fund vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their families.
Scottish Conservative MP for Moray Douglas Ross said:
“Every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life, and that has a huge impact on those that are left behind.
“Marie Cure has always done great work to support people with terminal illness and their families.
“This has obviously been a difficult year for all charities, and Marie Curie is no different.
“Due to the pandemic, they cannot stage the fundraising events that would normally take place.
“That’s what I am supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal this March. I would encourage others around Moray to consider doing the same in the final days of this year’s campaign.”
Launched in 1986, the Great Daffodil Appeal is crucial in raising much-needed funds to enable the charity to continue providing nursing and hospice care, a freephone support line and information for people living with any terminal illness such as terminal cancer, dementia, heart failure, and motor neurone disease.
Marie Curie Ambassador and Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs said:
“Marie Curie does amazing things, and when people don't have the family members around, they provide love.
“Towards the end of life, they help the end to be as serene and beautiful and loving as it can be.
“The work Marie Curie do is needed now more than ever as the Covid-19 pandemic has had a big impact on their ability to fundraise.
“So, I’m here to support them and the Great Daffodil Appeal and encourage everyone to wear their daffodil or join in fundraising any way they can as every donation means that when the time comes, Marie Curie can be there for people and their loved ones when they need it most. For anyone who chooses to support them too, you’re supporting a really wonderful charity.”