The were joined by Marie Curie healthcare assistant Danielle Cobb and members of the Marie Curie Policy team at an event in Westminster to celebrate and raise awareness of the appeal, now in its 37th year.
Held every March, the Great Daffodil Appeal is when the charity encourages supporters new and old to wear their daffodil pins, make a donation, and take part in a collection to raise money which helps people affected by terminal illness, and those dealing with death, dying and bereavement.
Mr Doogan is encouraging local people to donate to the UK’s leading end-of-life charity and wear one of Marie Curie’s iconic daffodil pins.
He said: “I’m proud to be supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal because everyone should have the best possible care and support at the end of life and Marie Curie is on a mission to deliver that. Donating to Marie Curie means that their nurses and bereavement counsellors can continue to deliver much-needed support not only to those at the end of life but also to those left behind.”
Since 1986 the appeal has been Marie Curie’s flagship fundraising campaign, symbolised by the iconic daffodil pin. This year, its third National Day of Reflection will be held on March 23.
Ruth Driscoll, head of policy and public affairs, said: “The services that Marie Curie provide are needed today more than ever and it is great to have the backing of MPs like Dave Doogan for the appeal. As people are living longer with multiple and complex health conditions it is becoming more challenging to ensure that every person at the end of life receives the care and support they need.”
Jane Horrocks, who has been a Marie Curie supporter since 2010, said: “Nobody expects to be diagnosed with a terminal illness. But with their expertise and understanding Marie Curie Nurses are able to bring a sense of calm to what can otherwise be a difficult time. That’s why I’m encouraging everyone to get themselves a daffodil pin and support Marie Curie during the much-loved Great Daffodil Appeal this March.”
Details can be found at mariecurie.org.uk.