MAKE EVERY DAFFODIL COUNT is the call in Moray as the annual Great Daffodil Appeal for the Marie Curie charity got under way this week.
The appeal is the largest annual fundraising effort by the charity and takes place each March, asking people to make a donation and in exchange were their Marie Curie daffodil pin with pride.
All funding raised from the effort assists the charities own nurses to be available for those living with a terminal illness either in their own homes or at their two Scottish hospices.
The specialist nurses work night and day in people’s homes across the UK, while hospices provide expert care around the clock – 6500 people will need palliative care in Moray and the Highlands and Islands 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.
Backing their campaign this week was regional MSP Douglas Ross, who said: “The work being done daily throughout our communities by dedicated Marie Curie nurses is something we should be rightly proud of and fully support.
“They make a huge difference to those living with a terminal illness and at the same time provide valuable support to family and loved ones, indeed, sometimes it is they who need most support at such difficult times.
“I am proud to wear the daffodil and would encourage others to support Marie Curie to help provide better end of care life for all.”
Susan Lowes, Marie Curie Policy & Public Affairs Manager Scotland added: “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.”