EVERYONE deserves expert care and support at the end of life and that’s why Marie Curie, the UK’s leading end of life charity, is calling on the residents of Newton Abbot and surrounding areas, to support its Great Daffodil Appeal this March by giving up a little of their time to distribute the iconic daffodil pins in exchange for a donation.

The charity’s flagship fundraiser, supported by headline partner Superdrug, helps raise much needed funds for Marie Curie Nurses and healthcare professionals to provide expert support and hospice care in the comfort of peoples own homes across Devon.

Marie Curie is dependent on public donations and last year supporters helped the charity provide direct care to more than 44,200 people across the UK through overnight nursing care in people’s own homes and via its nine hospices.

The money raised also funds the charity’s free support line and webchat, which is available to anyone with an illness they’re likely to die from and those close to them. It offers practical and emotional support on everything from symptom management and day-to-day care to financial information and bereavement support.

Georgia Brooks, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Devon said: ‘The Great Daffodil Appeal, now in its 38th year, is a brilliant and fun way to join in and give back to our local community here in Devon whilst also helping us provide a vital service to those in the final chapter of their lives.

‘We have lots of collections taking place locally in February and March this year hosted by our wonderful Newton Abbot Group.’

The Group are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with collections at supermarkets and town centres in the area during the appeal.

Mary Bartlett, who has been part of the Newton Abbot and District Fundraising Group since it formed back in 2012 said: ‘Raising money for such a worthwhile charity is a really rewarding activity. We meet the public and often become engaged in friendly conversation. In addition, we are raising the profile of Marie Curie.

‘We are a friendly group of like-minded people who would welcome extra support to maximise the potential to raise money for this admirable charity.’

Georgia added:‘By giving up your time to collect this Great Daffodil Appeal, you will be helping Marie Curie continue to provide expert end of life care and support for people with any illness they are likely to die from. .’

► To find out more about how you can contact your local Community Fundraiser, Georgia  on 07515133895 or [email protected]

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