Gordon Dunne MLA has given his support to the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal along with Joan McEwan and Dr Jane Collins both from Marie Curie.

North Down MLA Gordon Dunne has joined with Marie Curie and urged local people to support the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal (GDA). Mr Dunne added:

North Down MLA Gordon Dunne has joined with Marie Curie and urged local people to support the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal (GDA)Mr Dunne added:

‘Sadly many of us will have lost loved ones and close friends to cancer and other terminal illnesses, so we are all too aware of the devastation which cancer can bring upon a family. It is only through support from special charities like Marie Curie that families and relatives can get through such a trial as that faced by a cancer sufferer. I would pay tribute to the work of Marie Curie in their Daffodil Appeal and I would encourage people to support this very worthwhile cause as I know so many already do. During 2014/15 Marie Curie nurses saw 8 patients in their own homes, and spent 1666 hours on visits,  of these patients had cancer while  had a non-cancer illness. I would also commend the work of the local Fundraising Group who do such a sterling job in raising much needed funds as well as the local Marie Curie Shops in our Town Centres.’

The GDA is Marie Curie’s flagship fundraising drive, encourages people to donate to the appeal and wear an iconic daffodil during March. Funds raised through the GDA will be used to provide expert care and support to around 2000 people living with a terminal illness, and their families, across NI every year. Last year more many volunteers in NI helped support the GDA, raising very significant funds to help this very worthy cause. To find out how you can get involved in the Great Daffodil Appeal visit mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0845 601 3107.

Marie Curie is the leading charity providing care to people living with any terminal illness in their own homes or in one of its nine hospices. The charity is also a leader in research into the best ways of caring for people with a terminal illness. In addition to this the charity designs and advises on end of life services and works to ensure that the best possible care and patient choice is at the heart of commissioning end of life care across the UK. Around 70% of the charity’s income comes from donations with the balance of funds coming from the NHS.

The Great Daffodil Appeal

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign and encourages everyone to give a donation and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins during March.  The appeal has raised over £80.4m since it first took place in 1986. This money has enabled Marie Curie to provide more free hands-on care and emotional support to people with a terminal illness and their families. Daffodil pins will be available from volunteer collectors, local shops and supermarkets. You can also pledge £5, by texting DAFF to 70111. For more information call 0845 601 3107 (local rate) or visitwww.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.

The campaign which is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising appeal aims to raise vital funds which allows Marie Curie to deliver and develop vital services to people, and their families living with any terminal illness, either in their own homes or at the charity’s hospice in Belfast. It is important that there is awareness from patients, volunteers, Marie Curie nurses and supporters around the many ways Marie Curie is providing effective palliative care and campaigning for people living with a terminal illness to have access to the services and support they need at the end of their life.

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