MSPs Tom Arthur & Neil Bibby are supporting charity Marie Curie annual funding appeal.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign and takes 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.
Marie Curie Nurses work day and night in people’s homes across the UK, and hospices provide expert care round the clock.
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.
Neil Bibby, West of Scotland MSP said: “It is vital that people with a terminal illness are supported at what can be a sensitive, and sometimes frightening, time for them and their families. That’s why the work of Marie Curie is so important. They provide an indispensable service, giving people hands-on care, comfort and emotional support. I would encourage the whole community to back this year’s Daffodil Appeal so that more and more people living with a terminal illness can get the help they need.”
Tom Arthur MSP for Renfrewshire South said: “It was a pleasure to meet with Marie Curie at the Scottish Parliament, and to attend the debate secured by Linda Fabiani to highlight the Great Daffodil Appeal.
“Local groups here in Renfrewshire South do a great job in raising funds through the appeal, and help to support the vital work that Marie Curie do.
“It was useful to learn of the support that is provided by Marie Curie, giving practical information, support from trained volunteers and being there when someone wants to talk.
“I know that people in Renfrewshire South will continue with their typical generosity and support this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal
Susan Lowes, Marie Curie Policy & Public Affairs Manager 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.”
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.”
Help support the Great Daffodil Appeal – how to donate:
You can visit the website at www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0800 304 7025.
Text message: To donate £5, text DAFF to 70111. Texts cost £5 plus your standard network rate. 98% of your donation is received by Marie Curie