Kenneth Gibson MSP got behind the daffodil to lend his support to the Great Daffodil Appeal at the Scottish Parliament today. He and staff discussed the work of the charity that last year provided care and support for 109 people living with a terminal illness in Ayrshire.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign which takes place throughout March. The charity asks people to make a donation in return for a daffodil pin. All funds raised help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones, in their own homes or at the charities two Scottish hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
“Last year I volunteered in Marie Curie’s Saltcoats shop and saw first-hand the hard work and dedication of volunteers who raise money to help people living with a terminal illness across Scotland.
“As the integration of health and social care is gaining momentum, with health and social care staff working together to meet people’s needs, we all need to make sure that primary, secondary and voluntary sector services work together. The SNP Government’s new National Clinical Strategy for Scotland sets out how we need to shift the focus from the acute to the community and prevent unnecessary admissions and delayed discharges. Marie Curie has a significant role in helping to deliver that strategy.” Susan Lowes, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Marie Curie Scotland added:
“We’re calling on everyone in Scotland get behind the daffodil and join Kenneth in supporting people living with a terminal illness by donating and wearing a daffodil pin. Your support will help us provide more free hands-on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.”
To support the Great Daffodil Appeal call 0845 601 3107 (local rate) or pledge £5 by texting DAFF to 70111*. Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.