Date: 15 March 2006
Originally published in: North Devon Gazette (UK)
Top celebrity gardener Kim Wilde is urging members of the public to support Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Great Daffodil Appeal all this month.
She says people should make a donation and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins to help raise £4 million for the thousands of Marie Curie nurses nationwide who provide free home nursing care for terminally ill cancer patients and their families.
“Daffodils are my favourite spring flower as they bring a splash of cheer and colour to gardens during the dark, gloomy days of early spring,” she said.
“This makes them the perfect symbol for the important work that Marie Curie Cancer Care does. By wearing a daffodil pin badge, you can help Marie Curie nurses reach even more of the 150,000 people in the UK who are terminally ill with cancer – giving them the choice of being professionally cared for at home, surrounded by the things they hold most dear. Thanks to Yellow Pages, which has covered the cost of the appeal’s promotional materials, funds raised can go straight to the people who need it. You can get your daffodil pin throughout this month from thousands of local stores, schools and Marie Curie shops nationwide.”
You could also volunteer to help with collections, or even hold your own fund-raising event.
Taking daffodils as you inspiration, you could organise a yellow-themed coffee morning, or a springtime walk so you can enjoy springtime flowers in all their glory.
Hundreds of volunteers have already pledged their support and 100,000 school children up and down the country are taking part in a giant daffodil-planting scheme called Mini Pots of Care to bring a splash of colour to classrooms.