Getting behind the daffodil with costumes, cupcakes and collecting

We hear from two Great Daffodil Appeal supporters about having fun with friends (old and new) while collecting money to support Marie Curie Nurses.

Marie Curie volunteers in a dog costumes and tutu


I have collected during the Great Daffodil Appeal every year since 2010 – I wanted to do something in memory of a friend. Since I have been using my dog costume, children come and relate to it. They put some money in the collecting tin and I think that’s a good start for those kids, as it gives them an understanding of what they should be doing in the future. I love meeting people and would stand and talk to them all day if I could. You often get a potted life history from a total stranger. You get so involved with them, with their life stories and they are just so relieved to talk to someone outside the family and circle of friends. And that moves me very much indeed.


Marie Curie Nurses helped my mum when she was ill. She said they were amazing. I just wanted to do whatever I could to help, so I became a collector. I did my first collection with a group of mates. One friend stayed the whole day. Another said she’d do two hours but stayed for over three because she was having such a nice time. We had a stall in a shopping centre and were offering daffodils. We wore yellow tutus and had face painting and cupcakes as well. We wanted to do everything we could to encourage people to donate money. Chatting to people was the best thing. A lot of them said how much they appreciated Marie Curie’s services. Everyone was lovely.

We urgently need lovely volunteers like Mimi and Jackie, so if you want to have a fun and rewarding experience with friends, or make some new ones, why not sign up to collect for the Great Daffodil Appeal?