The weird and wonderful world of Marie Curie fundraising

James Haig with his yellow sausages
Picture by Chris Sumner


We love our fundraisers here at Marie Curie. Not only do they help us provide care, guidance and support to people living with a terminal illness, and their families, they do it with bags of enthusiasm and fun. Here’s a few of our recent favourite fundraising stories.

Funny sausage headline


Marie Curie fundraisers have always done amazing things to support our Great Daffodil Appeal, but James Haig, a butcher in Aberdeen, has earned a special place in our hearts by creating a yellow sausage in honour of the appeal.

James’ sausage is made with chicken, garlic and turmeric and is not the only way this heroic butcher will be supporting Marie Curie during the appeal – he’s also going to collect in March. Good man James!

Why not join James and sign up to do a collection too?

A close shave (or two)


Mark and Liz during and after their shaves
Mark and Liz during and after their shaves


Two amazing supporters have gone beyond the limits for us recently. Mark Back of Sleaford decided to raise money for Marie Curie by not shaving for a year, earning himself the nickname Beardy One. Mark finally shaved his (very impressive) beard on New Year's Day and raised an incredible £3,000.

Liz Letton, a supporter from (rather appropriately) Headington, bravely shaved her head to raise funds for Marie Curie Nurses. Liz has raised an amazing £952.68 so far and you can still sponsor her on her JustGiving page.

Sophie’s got talent


Talented youngster Sophie Cox has written, recorded and released her own song 'Daffodils (Emma's Song)' in memory of her cousin Emma. Emma and her family received the support of Marie Curie Nurses and Sophie is determined to raise as much as possible so other families can also have this support.

The song is available on iTunes, Amazon and other major distributors for 79p, with 100% of proceeds going to Marie Curie.


A cracking challenge


Intrepid explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is #creamcrackered. He’s training hard as he prepares to run 156 miles through the Sahara desert to raise money for Marie Curie. He’s challenging you to get #creamcrackered too. He’s got the running covered. All you have to do is eat three crackers, nominate three friends and donate £3. Watch the video so you’re sure of the rules, and then get crackering!



If you have an exciting fundraising idea and would like to raise money for Marie Curie, you’ll find everything you need on our website.