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…
Marie Curie Cancer Care is a charity close to my own heart.
My own Mother passed away from lung cancer in 2006. During her illness she stayed in the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast on two occasions. Once to provide some respite for my Dad, and also for end of life care.
It is a strange thing that I actually have fond memories of the Hospice at a very sad, difficult, and frightening time; this is all down to the wonderful care and support my Mum received from all the staff who worked in the Belfast Hospice. From the cook making her whatever she fancied, to the relaxation techniques and complementary therapies offered, the staff really do help to make things just a little easier for those going through a devastating disease.
I will always be grateful to Marie Curie for what they did for my Mother, and for our family, and I will always endeavour to take part in fundraising programmes for this amazing charity.
Every year, in February and March, Marie Curie hold The Great Daffodil Appeal, where thousands of people take to the streets, encouraging people in their area to give a donation for a Marie Curie daffodil pin. These funds help the Marie Curie Nurses to care for more terminally ill people in the hospices and in their own homes, allowing families to make the most of the time they have left together.
So why not join me in donating an hour (or two) of your time this February and March to help raise funds for Marie Curie.
All you need to do is to sign up through the Marie Curie website today, fill out your details and one of the fundraising staff from Marie Curie will get in touch to organise a time and venue for you to do your bit…
I’ll be collecting at
Sainsburys in Partick Asda in Clydebank on March 22 between 12 and 2pm so say Hello if you happen to be passing, and please do make a donation!