Kirkcaldy MP supports Marie Curie’s 35th Great Daffodil Appeal
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP, Neale Hanvey, is calling on Fifers to get behind Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal, the charity’s biggest annual fundraising campaign held every March.
Mr Hanvey, who was divisional nurse director for rare cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital prior to entering politics, has highlighted the serious risk that Marie Curie could be left with a £3 million funding gap as a result of public collections being cancelled due to current public-health restrictions.
The local MP is encouraging Fifers 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, in a year where Marie Curie has been on the frontline providing care.
Launched in 1986, the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal is crucial in raising much-needed funds to enable Marie Curie to continue providing nursing and hospice care, a freephone support line and information for people living with a terminal illness.
The MP said: “Marie Curie do a phenomenal job supporting people who are living with a terminal illness.
“But that job is much harder this year as the charity struggles to raise funds in the normal ways. That’s why at the end of last year I led cross-party calls for the UK government to set up a Life Sciences Charity Partnership Fund so that research and development could continue, like the research Marie Curie conducts into palliative care.
“Please wear your daffodil or join in fundraising in any way you can. Every donation means that when the time comes, Marie Curie can be there for folk in Fife when they need it most.”