What is the Great Daffodil Appeal?
Marie Curie Cancer Care – 2021 Great Daffodil Appeal:
What is the Great Daffodil Appeal?
Every March millions of people across the UK support the Great Daffodil Appeal by simply giving a donation to wear a daffodil pin. By wearing a daffodil you’ll be helping Marie Curie Cancer Care nurse terminally ill people in their final hours.
The CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department are pleased to be able to be supporting the Marie Curie Cancer Care Great Daffodil Appeal again this year and seek your support.
A brief history of Marie Curie Cancer Care
The story begins in 1948, the same year the National Health Service was launched. Not long before the Hampstead-based Marie Curie Hospital was transferred to the NHS, a group of committee members from the hospital decided to preserve the name of Marie Curie in the charitable medical field. This was the beginning of the Marie Curie Memorial Foundation − a charity dedicated to alleviating suffering from cancer today − today known as Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The very first appeal was launched and brought in a substantial £4,000. By 1950 the ongoing appeal had raised a staggering £30,000 and two years later the Marie Curie Memorial Foundation officially became a charity – number 207994.
An extensive nationwide survey was undertaken to help identify medical, nursing and research needs in relation to cancer. The results formed the basis of the work of the Foundation and, largely, still do today.
The charity dedicated itself to:
- Providing specialist homes for the care of cancer patients.
- Providing nursing for patients at home.
- Educating the public on the symptoms and treatment of cancer.
- Providing urgent welfare needs.
- At the time these ideas were quite revolutionary and the Marie Curie Memorial Foundation quickly established itself as a leader in the field of improving facilities for cancer patients.
Today Marie Curie Cancer Care & Nine Hospices:
- is dedicated to providing more and better care for patients and their families through the Marie Curie Nursing Service and its nine hospices,
- is committed to carrying out the research and innovationnecessary to find out what the best possible care is and how best to provide it,
- will ensure measures are in place to give people the choice of place for their end of life care and death through The Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme,
- is determined that the needs of the dying remain on the political agenda and will continue to campaign for patients to be able to die in their own homes in all four countries of the UK through its policy and public affairs work.
Much has changed since the pioneering days of 1948 but Marie Curie Cancer Care’s core values have remained constant – putting patients and families first.
Request a box of daffodils and Display a box in your workplace:
Request a box of daffodils at:- https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/ A small box can make a big difference. Displaying a daffodil box in your workplace can raise much needed funds to help Marie Curie Cancer Care continue caring for people with terminal illnesses in their place of choice. Simply follow the link and fill in the request form and Marie Curie will send you a box of daffodil pins.
Where is the Money Spent?
Marie Curie Cancer Care spent £166 million on crucial caring services, research into terminal illness, and campaigning for better end of life care, as well as spending funds on improving awareness of the charity and generating future income. The figure is overwhelming, but so is the comfort that the money can provide.
Marie Curie’s Nine Hospices
Marie Curie Cancer Care has nine hospices and is the biggest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.
Marie Curie Hospice day services offer flexibility and choice. People can attend a specific clinic, or a longer session tailored to individual needs. Marie Curie’s expert staff help people manage their symptoms and enhance their feeling of wellbeing. People have the opportunity to meet other people, share experiences, find the information they need and take part in a range of activities.
Marie Curie Nursing Services
Marie Curie’s network of nurses can support people and their family at home in their own familiar surroundings. Marie Curie Nurses and Healthcare Assistants provide one-to-one nursing care in people’s homes during the day and at night for between three and nine hours. They cover 95 per cent of the UK from remote Scottish islands, through villages and towns to the biggest cities.
Marie Curie Helpers
Marie Curie’s trained volunteers provide one-to-one emotional support and practical information to help people and their family cope with a life-limiting illness.
Get in touch
Marie Curie is grateful for the support of Trade Unions supporting Marie Curie Cancer Care and if interested will keep you up to date from time to time with details of how your support can help them care for patients and their families and will email you with information on how you can support Marie Curie and help them provide vital care to terminally ill people in your local area and across the UK. If you wish to receive such information by email just let them know:
Marie Curie vision and strategic plan
- Putting patients and families first
- Everyone with cancer and other illnesses to have the high quality care and support they need at the end of their life in the place of their choice.
Marie Curie key objectives over the next three years include:
- Delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right time
- Hospices being the hub of their communities
- Always improving quality
- Research and development to improve end of life care for everyone
- Being better known and understood
- Helping communities build better local care
- Increasing the money raised to fund services
- Growing volunteer support
- Improving efficiency and effectiveness, always demonstrating value for money
Please give your support.
For more information:
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer