Marie Curie’ – ‘Great Daffodil Appeal’ March 2019 – Supporting People With Terminal Illness
‘Marie Curie’ is a registered charitable organisation in the United Kingdom which provides care and support to people with terminal illnesses and their families. It was established in 1948, the same year as the National Health Service.
Each year the charity provides care to 40,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its nine hospices, along with support for their families. More than 2,700 Marie Curie nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals help provide this care.
At the nine ‘Marie Curie Hospices’, quality of life for patients is actively promoted as is providing much needed support for their carers. Marie Curie provides the largest number of hospice beds outside the National Health Service.
The ‘Great Daffodil Appeal’ is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign and takes place every March. Millions of people across the UK support this fundraising event by giving a small donation to wear a daffodil pin. This makes it one of the UK’s most recognisable charity appeals. Money raised through the appeal helps Marie Curie provide free care and support to people living with a terminal illnesses.
Marie Curie is a leading funder of palliative care research to find better ways of caring for people with terminal illnesses. The charity supports and funds the work of three long term Palliative Care Research Facilities across the UK – The Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit, London; The Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute, Liverpool; and The Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, Cardiff. Marie Curie awards research project grants in open competition to the Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme annually and also funds an ongoing portfolio of grants from the Dimbleby Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Fund. Marie Curie encourages research across its hospices and nursing service. To help achieve this, three posts are held through its Research Facilitator Programme at Marie Curie Hospices in Belfast, Edinburgh and the West Midlands. Marie Curie hosts an annual research conference jointly held with the Palliative Care Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. The aim of the conference is to support the translation of research findings into practice.
Marie Curie adopted the daffodil emblem in 1986; it is also the emblem of leading cancer charities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland. Marie Curie Cancer Care’s biggest fundraising campaign is called The Great Daffodil Appeal and takes place throughout March each year.
Please give your support to the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal during March 2019. Thanks for your support.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer