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Marie Curie urgently needs ‘daffodil volunteers’ in Knutsford

By on February 17, 2018

Terminal illness charity, Marie Curie is appealing for volunteers to give two hours of their time to hand out its iconic daffodil pins, in return for donations.

The charity is hoping to get more people than ever wearing the daffodil pin during its annual fundraiser; the Great Daffodil Appeal this March.

Marie Curie says that the appeal is urgently needed as one in four people currently don’t receive the care and support they need at the end of their life*, and with the population getting older, demand on the charity’s services is set to increase.

The money raised will help Marie Curie Nurses be there for more people living with a terminal illness, providing them with vital one-to-one nursing care and support in their own homes. Rayna Jackson, a collection box co-ordiantor for Marie Curie support Marie Curie because “the funds we raise deliver practical help to Knutsford families in their time of need. Having a Marie Curie nurse helps a terminal patient to remain at home with their loved ones, and gives the family much valued support, and some sleep at night, when they need it most.”

The charity particularly needs help at Knutsford Street Collection on the 3rd March and High Legh Garden Centre 6th, 7th & 8th April. Volunteers are needed to help fill these collections to make them a success.

When asked why regular Marie Curie Volunteer and collector Patricia Owen volunteers for the charity, she replied, “Many years ago I read the biography of Marie Curie and thought she was an incredible woman and I am a great admirer of her and her achievements.   Then my best friend died from breast cancer and I myself had a melanoma which luckily they were able to remove but I still had to be checked for 5 years, and after that I felt that I wanted to give something back by helping one of the cancer charities.  Many years ago I had set up a standing order to the Marie Curie charity because of reading her life story, so that is the charity that I decided to try and help.”

Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Knutsford, Jessica Herrington said: “Volunteering to collect donations in return for daffodil pins is a fun and easy way to get involved in the local community. You can collect with a friend or partner and know that you are helping Marie Curie be there when we are needed most. Just 2 hours of collecting makes a real difference to the lives of people living with terminal illnesses.”

“Chances are, we all know someone who’s been affected by a terminal illness. And it’s heartbreaking that not everyone gets the care and support they need to live their final days with dignity, in the place they want to be. Our nurses care for people in their own homes, providing one-to-one care overnight and support for family members. And we’re always here with expert information, guidance or just a shoulder to lean on.

Every daffodil helps us care for more people – this is what makes the Great Daffodil Appeal so important.”

Those wishing to volunteer two hours of their time to the Great Daffodil Appeal or to find out more about the appeal, can visit or contact Jessica Herrington on 0161 255 2800/

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