Laura McCusker from Glasgow was the first to add her message to the Daffodil in Glasgow. The first message was left by HRH the Prince of Wales during a visit to the Marie Curie Cardiff Hospice recently. It was a poignant moment for Laura whose dad John was cared for and died at the Marie Curie Glasgow hospice exactly a year ago. She said: “Marie Curie holds a special place in my heart. Although my dad was only in the hospice for seven days, he received the best care possible throughout his diagnosis. The love, care and compassion showed by all the staff and volunteers was overwhelming. Even after my dad’s passing, Marie Curie still supports my family through dealing with our bereavement. I take comfort in knowing my dad felt secure, comfortable and at peace when he died in the hospice – for this I will always be thankful for Marie Curie.
Shoppers also generously donated to the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign. Glasgow residents have another chance to add their own message or tribute to the Great Big Daffodil tomorrow (Tuesday) anytime between 10am to 9pm. The daffodil will then travel to Belfast.
The 7-foot-tall (2 metre) Great Big Daffodil, which is travelling over 1,000 miles through seven towns and cities across the UK, gives everyone the opportunity to write messages on each petal of the Great Big Daffodil, sharing their personal memories and stories behind the Marie Curie daffodil pin they wear.
Marie Curie is a charity which provides care and support to people with terminal illness and their families. Every March the Great Daffodil Appeal calls on people to donate and wear one of Marie Curie’s daffodil pins. Marie Curie is hoping to raise £700,000 in Scotland this Great Daffodil Appeal. Across Greater Glasgow and Clyde the appeal helps fund the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow at Springburn, nursing care for people in their own homes as well as a volunteer Helper service. Last year donations helped Marie Curie in Scotland provide care to over 7,500 people living with terminal illness.
Marie Curie Registered Nurse Siobhan Fairhurst said: “I’m honoured to visit the Great Big Daffodil. It’s special to come and promote the team and the work we do. I’ve been a Marie Curie Nurse for two years and we have a fantastic team and workplace at the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow. We put our heart and soul into caring for people in the hospice and the community.”
Anyone not able to visit the Great Big Daffodil can also take part on social media using @MarieCurieSCO and follow the journey of the Great Big Daffodil at mariecurie.org.uk/greatbigdaffodil
Image Credit: Martin Shields Photography
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