Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal takes place throughout the month of March and volunteer collectors will be out in force encouraging everyone to give a donation and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins.
Marie Curie is best known for its network of over 2,000 Marie Curie Nurses, who provide care to patients across the UK, as well as emotional support for their families.
All the funds raised by the appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide more care for people with terminal illnesses, at the time when they need the most support.
The Great Daffodil Appeal doesn’t just raise much-needed funds; it also raises awareness of Marie Curie services and the need for high quality nursing care for people with terminal illnesses.
Marie Curie wants people wherever they live to be able to have a ‘good death’, provided with the care they want and need, with support available for them and their families. Research shows that currently 63% of people want to be cared for and die at home, yet only 44%, including those in care homes, do. This is because not enough or the right type of health and social care is available.
Marie Curie enables more people to be cared for and die in the place of choice, surrounded by the people and things they love, and campaigns to ensure that those who are terminally ill have faster access to free social care. As people live longer, increasing numbers of people have long-term conditions requiring more complex support towards the final stages of life.
Despite this, end of life care is an under-researched area. Marie Curie invests in high quality research to provide real benefits to people with terminal illnesses, their carers and families. Marie Curie is the only charity exclusively funding end of life care research and invests around £3million per year in research.