What to expect
Collecting for the Great Daffodil Appeal is a fun and easy way to support families living with a terminal illness. This March, we urgently need you to volunteer and get more people wearing a daffodil where you live.
How do I get ready for my collection?
Once you've volunteered to collect for the Great Daffodil Appeal, we'll send you a handy pocket guide, all about collecting. We'll either send it by email or in the post. Download a digital copy of your guide now .
Will I be collecting by myself?
We try and get as many people as possible to our collections, so we hope you won’t be collecting alone. However, there's a chance you might be. If you’d prefer not to be by yourself, why not ask a friend or family member to sign up so you can collect together?
Will there be someone to meet me at the collection point?
Some collections have a volunteer host who meets you on the day. They'll give you any materials you need, as well as useful information. If your collection doesn’t have a host, don't worry. We'll send you everything you need before your collection.
You may also get a call from your local Marie Curie fundraising office. In case you need to get in touch, you'll find your collection host or fundraiser details in your confirmation email or letter.
Can I bring my child, dog or friend with me?
You're very welcome to bring someone else along with you – the more people we have supporting us, the more money we are able to raise. Please ask them to sign up online or call 0845 601 3107* to book on to the collection.
Children aren't allowed to collect any actual money (the legal age for collecting is 16), but they are welcome to come along and keep you company. Before bringing your dog, please check your collection point is dog friendly.
*Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. Your call may be recorded for quality and training purposes.
What if someone asks me a question about Marie Curie?
You'll find the answers to common questions in your handy pocket guide . If you 've given us your email address, we’ll email you a link to download it. If not, then we'll send it in the post.
Please do feel free to chat to people about their experiences - it can be so rewarding to hear real stories and words of thanks for Marie Curie's support.
Don't be afraid to talk about our cause, too. Every daffodil means our nurses can care for more people - that's what the Great Daffodil Appeal is all about.
Should I drum up interest by calling out, or chat to people?
You can certainly talk about the collection, the Great Daffodil Appeal and what Marie Curie does. But it’s best not to shout, or shake your bucket or tin. You’ll get a feel for how individual people like to be approached.
How your Great Daffodil Appeal collection helps
Volunteering just two hours of your time to collect for Marie makes a huge difference to families living with a terminal illness. Just £20 pays for an hour of hands-on care from a Marie Curie Nurse – helping control someone’s pain, making sure they’re comfortable, or just listening if they need to talk.