Moray MP Douglas Ross joined celebrity charity ambassador, Anneka Rice at Westminster to help launch the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal earlier this month.
Douglas said: “Everyone in Moray will know someone whose life has been affected by cancer and many of those families may have experienced the compassionate work done by Marie Curie nurses who provide care and support to people in Moray living with a terminal illness.
“We are all familiar with the daffodil as a symbol of spring, and the fact that it is also linked with the charity’s cancer appeal. Marie Curie help all those suffering with any kind of a terminal illness including cancer, dementia, heart failure, and motor neurone disease.
“The daffodil appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign and I know there will be a lot of support here and people will give generously when the charity’s daffodil pins are on sale around the area. People should wear their pin with pride, as purchasing it will help fund vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.”
Launched in 1986, the 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
On becoming a Marie Curie Ambassador in 2019, Anneka Rice said: “They are just a brilliant bunch of people, quietly getting on with very, very, important work. We all want to be well-looked after at the end of our lives. Marie Curie need our help, so that they can help more people have a good death. I’m so proud to support them.”
Marie Curie Rapid Response Healthcare Assistant Lukmon Adeyemi, said: “By donating and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil it 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.
Scott Sinclair, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie, said: “Having the support of Douglas and Anneka 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.”