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Great Daffodil Appeal in York


12:01am 1st March 2012
(Updated 9:11am 1st March 2012)

Marie Curie Cancer Care is asking people in York to make a donation to the charity this March and wear a daffodil pin to support Marie Curie Nurses for its Great Daffodil Appeal.

All money raised from this flagship appeal will help provide more free nursing care for people with a terminal illness in their own homes as well as local hospices.

Louisa from the Minster FM news team spoke to Cheryl Barrett who works for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

She has her own reasons for backing the appeal.

Local Marie Curie Nurse, Jo Bond, said:

"Every donation for a daffodil will help us to provide more free nursing care hours, allowing people to spend their final days in the comfort of their own homes surrounded by family and friends. So please support Marie Curie Nurses and help us make a difference by making a donation and wearing a daffodil in March."
There are also lots of Great Daffodil Appeal fundraising events to get involved in locally. 

On Saturday 3rd March, York City Centre plays host to an organised collection which will also include a programme of entertainment on Parliament Street, which includes line dancing, street dance, cheerleading, zumba and a live magic act. People can also get involved in 'Wear something yellow to work day', when workplaces across York can add a splash of colour to the day and to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care at the same time. To round the month off, the Black Velvet Line Dance Group is holding a social Daffodil Dance on the evening of Friday 30th March.

The charity also has support from actress Alison Steadman who stars in a television advert for the appeal which airs in March.  In the advert Alison talks about the care Marie Curie Nurses provided for her mother before she died.
Daffodil pins can be picked up from local stores, Marie Curie volunteer collectors, Marie Curie Shops and the charity's website throughout March. For more information on how to get involved in the Great Daffodil Appeal, please contact Rachael McCormack on 0207 599 7329, or visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil
Charity information
Marie Curie Cancer Care is one of the UK's largest charities. Employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, it provided care to more than 31,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its nine hospices last year and is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.
Around 70 per cent of the charity's income comes from the generous support of thousands of individuals, membership organisations and businesses, with the balance of our funds coming from the NHS.
Marie Curie Nurses
The charity is best known for its network of Marie Curie Nurses working in the community to provide end of life care, totally free for patients in their own homes.
The charity provides core funding for three palliative care research facilities; the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit at University College London, the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool and the Marie Curie Palliative Care Centre at the Wales Cancer Trials Unit (Cardiff University). The charity also supports palliative and end of life care research through its project grant funding streams, the Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme (administered by Cancer Research UK) and the Dimbleby Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Fund. It also funds seven fundamental scientific research groups which investigate the causes and treatments of cancer. This research was previously carried out at the Marie Curie Research Institute in Oxted, Surrey. The programmes are now located in universities around the country, and will receive funding from the charity until 2012.
The right to die in place of choice
Research shows around 65 per cent of people would like to die at home if they had a terminal illness, with a sizeable minority opting for hospice care. However, more than 50 per cent of cancer deaths still occur in hospital, the place people say they would least like to be. Since 2004 Marie Curie Cancer Care has been campaigning for more patients to be able to make the choice to be cared for and die in their place of choice.

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