Over the past few years I have volunteered two hours of my time every March (aside from those years I had just had or was about to have a baby) to collect for Marie Curie as part of their Great Daffodil Appeal.
It is nearly ten years now since I lost my Mum to lung cancer, and every year I try and donate some of my time or money to Marie Curie to thank them for the support and care they provided to my Mum and to our family at an incredibly difficult time.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is the perfect way for me to get involved and do my bit for this charity that I hold close to my heart. I love hitting the streets with the Marie Curie vest and collectors box, as I love talking to people, and feel proud to represent the amazing people at Marie Curie.
If you want to get involved with Marie Curie there are lots of ways to make a difference from making a quick donation online, fundraising by holding your very own event, or collecting near you. If you want to take part in the Great Daffodil Appeal collections simply pop your postcode in on the Marie Curie website and hit search!
This year the Marie Curie team were holding a collection in the town where I live on Mothers Day weekend.
Mothers Day can be a tough day. As grateful as I am for the time I did spend with my Mum, the sadness that comes with loss, and the envy of those who still get to celebrate this day with their Mums is inevitably heightened on the run up to this Sunday.
Collecting for Marie Curie, and for my Mum, on Mothers Day weekend felt like I was getting to do something for my Mum this weekend, even though I don’t get to share it with her in person.
So, this is for you Mum…