East Kilbride MP joins Chuckle Brother in raising awareness of the Great Daffodil Appeal


East Kilbride’s MP joined Paul Chuckle in showing support for Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign.

Dr Lisa Cameron and the TV comedian and entertainer, best known as one-half of comedy duo The Chuckle Brothers, are backing end of life charity Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

The MP pledged her support to the Great Daffodil Appeal and is encouraging her constituents in East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow to donate and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins to help fund vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families .

Donations also support the charity’s information and support line, which provides a listening ear to anyone dealing with any aspect of death, dying and bereavement.

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The campaign, held every March, was forced to cancel its public collections for the past two years due to the pandemic. This year, fundraising events and collections are going ahead, and the charity is urging new and existing supporters to come forward to show their support.

Last year Marie Curie provided direct support to more than 69,000 people – a 15 per cent rise on the previous year – which is more than ever before.

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Dr Cameron said: “Every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life, and that also has an impact on those they leave behind who are grieving.

“From the expert care given by Marie Curie Nurses, through to the reassuring voices on the support line its services have never been more in need. But they can only continue to reach those in urgent need of help with the generosity of the public. That is why I am supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal this March.”

Ruth Driscoll, of Marie Curie, said: “Over the past year, Marie Curie has delivered direct care to more dying people than ever before. However, the pandemic isn’t over and the additional costs of operating to ensure we keep our beneficiaries and staff safe continue which is why the Great Daffodil Appeal is so important.

“We want to make sure that everyone affected by terminal illness, wherever they may live, gets the right support, at the right time – whether that is high quality nursing care, emotional and practical support, or fast access to the benefits they need. ”

On the annual National Day of Reflection (March 23), the charity is encouraging everyone to wear a daffodil pin and take a moment to show their support for the millions of people bereaved during the pandemic and remember the people we’ve lost.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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