FABIANI LEADS DEBATE ON ‘GREAT DAFFODIL APPEAL’ AS PARLIAMENT MARKS 30 YEARS OF MARIE CURIE APPEAL

LF Marie CurieThe Scottish Parliament this week marked 30 years of Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal in a debate led by SNP MSP Linda Fabiani.

The Great Daffodil Appeal, which takes place in March every year, has raised over £80 million for the charity across the UK. Last year the money raised was spent in Scotland to provide over 30,000 hours of nursing care and emotional support – supporting over 7,500 people living with a terminal illness.

Speaking ahead of the debate, Linda Fabiani said:

“Marie Curie does fantastic work supporting people and their families at the most difficult and emotional time – I am pleased that I can highlight this important work in the Scottish Parliament.

“That the Great Daffodil Appeal has now run for thirty years is testament to Marie Curie’s hard work and their dedication to helping people living with a terminal illness.

“As well as raising awareness for their work, the appeal also raises a substantial amount of money – last year funds raised in Scotland helped support a remarkable 7,500 people.

“I hope that my debate will help raise the profile of this year’s Daffodil Appeal and ensure that Marie Curie can go on helping people across Scotland.”

Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy & Public Affairs Scotland added:

“The Member’s Debate is an important opportunity for MSPs to discuss issues around end of life and palliative care. Sadly we know that nearly 11,000 people in Scotland don’t have access to good quality palliative care and there’s an opportunity to help them sooner. We know there’s excellent work happening across Scotland which is only possible thanks to local providers, such as Marie Curie, working in partnership. We hope this integrated working will only improve as the new health and social care partnerships move forward.”

ENDS

Notes:

  • Further details on how to get involved in this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal can be found here: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/daffodil-appeal/collecting#billy
  • Half a million pounds raised in Scotland in 2015
  • Around 2,000 volunteers out collecting for us in Scotland
  • Around 5,000 collections taking place across Scotland
  • 750,000 daffodils distributed throughout Scotland in March

Members of the Scottish Parliament will debate the following motion:

S4M-15287 Linda Fabiani: Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal 30th Anniversary—That the Parliament welcomes Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal, which is now in its 30th year and runs throughout March 2016; understands that, since 1986, the Great Daffodil Appeal has raised over £80 million for the charity across the UK; applauds what it sees as the substantial contribution made by over 80 local Marie Curie fundraising groups, such as the East Kilbride Fundraising Group, to the Great Daffodil Appeal every year to support Marie Curie services across Scotland; believes that money raised in Scotland in 2015 funded over 30,000 hours of nursing care and emotional support; understands that this means there is support for over 7,500 people living with a terminal illness, and their carers and families, in their own homes in 31 local authorities and in Marie Curie hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow; considers that fundraising allows the charity to work in partnership with NHS boards and local authorities to develop new and innovative, integrated services that provide person-centred care; applauds the work of staff and volunteers across Marie Curie who, it considers, work toward its vision of a better life for people and their families living with a terminal illness, and notes calls to encourage as many people as possible to support the campaign this year.
 

 

 

 

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