Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan is supporting a call to “make every daffodil count” for Marie Curie as the terminal illness charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal gets underway.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign taking place throughout March. The charity is asking people to simply give a donation and wear a Marie Curie daffodil pin.
All funds raised help Marie Curie nurses be there for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes or at the charity’s two Scottish hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
In 2015/16 in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area 812 patients were supported in 6,756 visits from Marie Curie. 5,100 people will need palliative care in the West Scotland area each year.
Marie Curie continues to work with the new health and social care partnerships to ensure that palliative care services reach more people and everyone gets the care they need.
Commenting Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness, helping people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance.
“This is the 31st year of the Great Daffodil Appeal, and in that time more than £80 million has been raised. This has also led to a much wider discussion of palliative care and to a commitment from the Scottish Government to look at proper palliative care strategies.
“The Scottish Government has committed to doubling the number of palliative care services in the community through its recently published Health and Social Care Delivery Plan. With our increasingly ageing population, we must ensure that our terminally ill are treated with respect and dignity.
“I therefore urge everyone to get involved in the great daffodil appeal in any way they can.”
Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland said:
“One in four people, around 11,000 in Scotland, miss out on the care they need and that’s not good enough. Join our biggest annual fundraising appeal and help us provide vital hands on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones. Make every daffodil count by donating and wearing your daffodil pin.”
www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0800 304 7025. To donate £5, text DAFF to 70111*
*Texts cost £5 plus your standard network rate. 98% of your donation is received by Marie Curie
For more information visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk