[Kat Clements | Contributing Writer]
From the 1st of March, you’ll be seeing a lot of yellow around. That’s because the annual Great Daffodil Appeal will be kicking off and the flowers start blooming left, right and centre.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is an annual fundraising campaign run by Marie Curie Cancer Care, a UK charity which provides nursing care to patients with terminal illnesses, either in their own homes or in one of the charity’s nine hospices. The campaign has been running since 1986, when it was launched in Scotland, and has become as much a part of Britain’s yearly landscape as poppies in November.
Marie Curie is the largest provider of hospital beds and care outside of the NHS, and it is committed to researching, promoting and providing end-of-life care. People in Britain are living longer, and many make it to the end of their days with complex and nuanced medical – and emotional – needs. Palliative care is a severely under-researched area, and Marie Curie is exclusively dedicated to helping people to die where they want to be – in their home, surrounded by those they love, and in comfort. Marie Curie invest around £3million in end-of-life-care research, and care for around 38,000 people, every year.
Daffodils, with their cheery bright yellow hue, are a traditional symbol of spring, rebirth, and hope; they are also associated with healing and rest.
So this spring, help the flowers bloom all over Britain, and donate some money to Marie Curie Cancer Care, to give people the care they deserve.
For more info, and to set up your own event, see www.mariecurie.org.