The launch of the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal has been supported by the Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire, Russell George.
Mr George joined Marie Curie's North and Mid Wales Fundraisers of the Year, Mark & Kathleen Harvey, from Welshpool, at the Senedd last week (Wednesday 5th February) for the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal which is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign.
Mr & Mrs Harvey have been instrumental in the success of the local fundraising group in Welshpool. They first came to support Marie Curie in 2017, holding a Blooming Great Tea Party at their home. Following the event, they took on the roles of Collection Box Coordinators for the area, looking after over 100 collection tins and daffodil boxes. This soon progressed to them taking on two more volunteer roles; Fundraising Group Treasurer, and Collections Host meaning they are now involved with every aspect of the fundraising groups activities.
As well as lending his support to the appeal, Mr George is also encouraging people in his Montgomeryshire constituency to help the charity raise more money than ever before by simply giving a donation and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil pin, available from volunteers across Wales, Marie Curie shops, Superdrug, Spar, Hotter Shoes and the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group.
Following the appeal launch, Mr George said:
"I was delighted to be able to support the launch of the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal at the Senedd and to celebrate the fundraising work of Mark & Kathleen Harvey, who deservedly won the award for North and Mid Wales Fundraisers of the Year.
“Funds raised through the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal help provide care and support to people at a time when they need it the most, be that through a Marie Curie Nurse at home or in a hospice, or by speaking to the charity’s Information and Support line. I hope the people of Mid Wales will join me in supporting people affected by terminal illness across the country by proudly wearing their Marie Curie daffodil throughout February and March.”
Simon Jones, Director of Policy and Public Affairs for Marie Curie, added:
“To have the support of our Assembly Members makes a huge difference to Marie Curie. With their help we are able to raise awareness about what we do and reach more people who need us.
“Our services rely on charitable donations, so I’d like to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone who gives a donation and wears a daffodil pin this February and March. The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones, in homes across Wales, as well as in the charity’s Cardiff & the Vale Hospice in Penarth.”
To volunteer for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal and give out the charity’s daffodils pins in return for donations visit mariecurie.org.uk/collect or call free on 0800 304 7025.