Why do people collect for the Great Daffodil Appeal?

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Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal in March is fast approaching – and we need your help to make it our best yet. So please donate an hour and collect for us. Just a small amount of your time will help our nurses care for more terminally ill people in their own homes.

Find out about collecting and sign up. Here’s why some of our wonderful volunteers are looking forward to donning their yellow top hats and collecting for Marie Curie.

1.    It’s a great way to meet people Collecting can be a brilliant social opportunity and a chance to meet like-minded people. Maria Lyons, from Cardiff, says: “There is a real mix of young and old in our fundraising group – it’s a good place to make friends with people you wouldn’t otherwise meet.”

2.    I have some spare time Fundraising for us is a great way of doing something worthwhile with your time. Terry Jones, from Vale of Glamorgan, says: "I'm retired and I think it's important to keep my mind active". Other collectors sign up when they start university or go on maternity leave.

3.    Collecting in memory of a loved one A powerful motivation for some of our collectors is the care Marie Curie gave a relative or close friend. Claire Bate, from Wolverhampton, started collecting for us after her grandad passed away. She says: “I joined up with Marie Curie because the nurses looked after my Grandad before he died. Their compassion was unbelievable.”

4.    It’s a common cause with family and friends Often our collectors come on board because a relative or friend is involved with Marie Curie. Alan Drummond, from Plymouth, says: “I got involved 13 years ago when my wife, Carol, became a Marie Curie nurse.” The couple recently set up a fundraising group and have encouraged friends to collect. Whatever your reason for collecting, we’d love you to join us this March.

Just visit mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil to sign up.