“Fundraising? It’s all about doing something you love”

New Year’s Eve, 2015. Amid all the merriment, Linda Merrilees got chatting to a friend who enthused about the rewarding fundraising work she’d been doing for Marie Curie.  Inspired, Linda made a resolution to spend the year raising money for us. 

One year on, her fundraising group has raised over £11,500. We caught up with the motivated Carnoustie woman during her preparations for the Great Daffodil Appeal 2016.

“Why did I get involved with Marie Curie? I felt really passionate about doing something to help the local community. I lost my mum to cancer. I know they provide a wonderful service.

When I started, they asked whether I could spare a couple of hours. I thought: ‘Yeah, I can do that!’ Look at me now. I’m running around delivering boxes for the Great Daffodil Appeal.

A little help from your friends

I’m a hairdresser so I know lots of people. And my friends really help with fundraising. We’re doing a coffee collection in March. It’s all about word of mouth. I’ve even had customers volunteering a couple of hours of their time.

Last year, we held a Blooming Great Tea Party in my shop. It was great – customers would come in and have a cup of tea and a piece of cake. We managed to raise over £600.

Our fancy dress fundraiser was amazing fun. We’re party people, so a party theme suited us perfectly. People danced their little socks off to music from the 70s and 80s. My friends keep asking: ‘When are you doing it again?’ We made around £2,200.

Having a laugh

My top tip would be to keep it fun. Get friends involved with your fundraising and have a laugh. It shouldn’t feel like hard work.

To anyone thinking of getting involved with the Great Daffodil Appeal I’d say: do it! You’ll be helping to take care of people when they need it. You have to do something you believe in. And Marie Curie is a great cause. The more I get involved, the more I like it.”

Get behind the daffodil this March. Give a little bit of time to do something you love and raise money to support people living with a terminal illness.