Little fundraisers get their hands dirty for Marie Curie

Children at Y Gamfa Wen getting their hands dirty
Children at Y Gamfa Wen tried their hands on planting.

At Marie Curie, we’re really privileged to have the support of children aged 3 to 11 from all over the UK.

Each year, around 3,500 nurseries, schools and groups take part in our Mini Pots of Care fundraising activity. As part of this activity, teachers and group leaders hold a planting and learning day for the children in autumn, and a celebration and fundraising day in spring when the children’s daffodils bloom.

Over the years, this unique activity has raised over £3.8 million – that’s a lot of daffodil pots and enough money to enable Marie Curie Nurses to provide 190,000 hours of care for terminally ill people in their own home.

It’s always exciting to hear about all the different and creative things the children do to raise money for us, and they've done all sorts – fun runs, bake sales, dress in yellow days, book sales and paint the mini pots competitions.

Candie Grimbaldeston, Teaching Assistant at Glusburn Community Primary School, got her pupils involved in the Mini Pots activity. She said: "It was a great project that encompasses lots of learning across the curriculum including science, PSHE and numeracy. The children were also really enthusiastic about planting the daffodil bulbs, and they were very proud to see their plants growing on the classroom windowsills."

To see what our delightful little fundraisers have been up to, take a look at our Mini Pots of Care picture gallery below. And many thanks to all the teachers and group leaders who have been sharing photos with us.

Calling all teachers and group leaders

We’ve now opened registration for Mini Pots of Care 2014-15. If you’re a teacher or group leader, and want children to learn about the work of our charity and how they can make a real difference in a fun and creative way, sign up now for our free planting kit and learning resources.