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Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal

14 March 2013

March is the traditional "Marie Curie Cancer Care Month" when the charity runs their annual "Great Daffodil Appeal" your support this March will help the Charity to nurse terminally ill people during their final hours - when every moment really matters.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

When people are told they are living with a life-limiting illness and have been told that they may not get better - Marie Curie Cancer Care is there to help.

The support the Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity received last year meant that more than 31,000 people were given the choice of where and how to spend their final days. Marie Curie has 2,000 nurses in the UK and last year they worked for 1,200,000 hours caring for terminally ill patients, including half of all cancer patients who die at home.

Marie Curie Services

Hospices

Marie Curie has nine hospices and are the biggest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS. Each hospice employs a team of professionals from specialist nurses and doctors, to complementary therapists and social workers. Marie Curie Hospices are vibrant, homely places offering a range of different activities and services to help people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses achieve the best possible quality of life.

Day services

Marie Curie Hospice day services offer flexibility and choice. People can attend a specific clinic, or a longer session tailored to individual needs. Marie Curie's expert staff help people manage their symptoms and enhance their feeling of wellbeing. People have the opportunity to meet other people, share experiences, find the information they need and take part in a range of activities.

Nursing Services

Marie Curie Nurses and Healthcare Assistants provide one-to-one nursing care in people's homes during the day and at night for between three and nine hours. They cover 95% of the UK from remote Scottish islands, through villages and towns to the biggest cities.

Helpers

Marie Curie's trained volunteers provide one-to-one emotional support and practical information to help people and their family cope with a life-limiting illness.

Where the Money is Spent

The money was spent as follows:

  • Nursing 40.5 Million.
  • Hospices 35.2 Million.
  • Research and Development 5 Million.

Marie Curie needs to raise 10,000 every hour of every day to carry on their work and are appealing to people to keep helping them to help even more people.

Wearing a Daffodil

Help Marie Curie nurses care for more terminally ill people by wearing a daffodil. Marie Curie collectors will be on streets across the UK during the month of March. Keep an eye out and be sure to buy a daffodil. Every March millions of people across the UK support the Great Daffodil Appeal by simply giving a donation to wear a daffodil pin. By wearing a daffodil you'll be helping nurse terminally ill people in their final hours.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you think you might have cancer or another serious illness it is important to talk to your GP about how you think your health has changed. For those diagnosed with cancer or another life limiting illness and want further information or don't understand the diagnosis it is important that they speak to their doctor and ask them to explain again.