Moray MP Douglas Ross helped launch the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal in London recently, teaming up with actor Stephen Mangan who is an ambassador for the charity.
Douglas said: “I am pleased to be able to support the appeal and encourage 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.
“Every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life and I know the Marie Curie nurses do vital work in Moray and across the country. I am delighted to be able to support them in this way and the money raised will help the charity be there for people living with a range of terminal illness.”
“I know that fundraising groups will be going all out during the appeal to help raise funds which will make a real difference to people and their families throughout Moray who benefit from the special care and kindness that the Marie Curie nurses give.”
Actor Stephen Mangan, said: “I experienced first-hand the difference they make when they cared for both my mum and later, my dad at home.
“Chances are, we all know someone who’s been affected by a terminal illness. That’s why I’m delighted to be here with Douglas to help launch Marie Curie’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal.
“Whether its worn in celebration, in solidarity or in memory of a loved one, by donating and wearing a daffodil pin during March, you and thousands of others in Moray will help make sure thousands more dying people get the care and support they deserve."
Scott Sinclair, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie, said: “Having the support of Douglas and Stephen makes a huge difference to our Great Daffodil Appeal.
“Too many people miss out on the care and support they need. By donating and wearing a daffodil pin in March you are helping us to support more people at the most difficult time of their lives. We want to make sure that everyone affected by terminal illness, wherever they may live, gets the right support, at the right time – whether that is high quality nursing care, emotional and practical support, or fast access to the benefits they need.”
Marie Curie Rapid Response Healthcare Assistant Patricia McDonnell, said: “Behind every daffodil, there’s a story. Whatever your story, donating and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil will help make sure we can be there for more people when they need us the most. I know how important it is to be there for patients and families when they are struggling to manage painful and distressing symptom flare-ups and cope with moments of crisis. Your donation can help us provide more care and support to people living with a terminal illness, and their families at the right time and in the right way that suits them.”
“Marie Curie services rely on the generosity of the public, so I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who gives a donation and wears a daffodil pin during March.”