“Please give generously because it helps somebody like me.”

The Great Daffodil Appeal funds vital hours of Marie Curie nursing care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families.

Marie Curie shop volunteer Mark Hughes knows the importance of those hours, as he has been living with cancer for 16 years and received a terminal diagnosis in 2011. Mark shared his message of support behind the scenes of filming our TV advert.

LIVING with terminal illness

“My GP said to me, in tears because he’s a friend, that you’ve got six months. So we planned some of the things I wanted. Go to Australia, swim with a shark, things like that. When we got back, on further investigation, it was terminal but not six months because obviously I’m still here. Other than a monthly injection to slow down the spread, there’s nothing more they can do for me. It was June 2011 when I stopped working altogether. That was the biggest shock and it was very upsetting for me. Truck driving wasn’t a job for me – it was a hobby.”
After a decade in remission, Mark’s doctor noticed a difference in his blood counts five years ago and Mark was told he had terminal bone cancer.


“I’m determined to keep going as long as I can. Unless I’m on death’s door, I’ll be in that shop and doing my little bit. People in the shop are quite shocked when they talk to me and find out I have terminal cancer. My main reason for doing the work is to give something back in case I need help from Marie Curie. I always say, if you’ve got a couple of hours then help the charity out because everybody is going to know somebody in their lifetime, family member or friend, who has a terminal illness.”
Mark has been volunteering at the Shoeburyness Marie Curie shop for the past couple of years – helping out with stock rotation and small maintenance tasks.

Behind the DAFFODIL

“I’m getting behind the daffodil appeal to help raise funds for people like me. It also helps their families deal with things. People forget about the families – they have to go through it twice. No matter how much you raise, how little you give, it all helps to go to a good charity. So please give generously because it helps somebody like me and other people.”
Mark supports Marie Curie and the Great Daffodil Appeal in any way he can.

Help Marie Curie Nurses be there for people living with terminal illness by collecting, fundraising, donating or even shopping in support of the Great Daffodil Appeal.