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Our fundraising groups are hard at work around the UK, making sure we're able to continue caring for terminally ill people in their local area. Take a look at what some of our groups have been up to recently.

Marie Curie Fundraising Group Otley

 

Wales

The fantastic Neath Fundraising Group was formed in November 2011 and has fully embraced fundraising for Marie Curie, raising over £15,000 during 2013-14.

They hold Great Daffodil Appeal collections and distribute tins locally. The group has enjoyed great success raising money at collections, managing to raise £4,607 from collections throughout the year.

Group members volunteer at and participate in Walk Ten events each year. They encourage members of the public to hold their own events in aid of Marie Curie while also hold Blooming Great Tea Parties themselves every year.

The Mold Fundraising Group has been going for four years and in that time has raised over £85,000 for Marie Curie.

The group raises money by organising local supermarket and street collections, as well as distributing daffodil boxes to local businesses for the Great Daffodil Appeal. In 2015, the Mold Fundraising Group raised a fantastic £13,119.80 as part of the Great Daffodil Appeal.

This friendly bunch of volutneers love socialising, meeting new people and having fun while raising money for Marie Curie.

The Llandudno and Colwyn Group formed in March 2012 and has been hugely successful up in north Wales since this time - with 16 members this is one of the larger groups with members ranging from 17 to 70 years old!  

With strength in numbers this group does an excellent job of coordinating the Great Daffodil Appeal in its area which involves organising and taking part in lots of supermarket collections, and the delivery of daffodil boxes to hundreds of shops across its patch! It also organises an annual ‘In Memory Balloon Release’ every December which is a truly beautiful event.  

So far the group have raised over £46,000 which is an admirable achievement, and it has been working towards hitting the £50K mark before the financial year is up. The group can feel a party in the air!   

The group’s Chairperson, Judi Barnsdale, said “When my sister died from a brain tumour, the Marie Curie Nurses were our angels in disguise, offering extraordinary support, kindness and guidance during what can only be called the most stressful and emotional period of time of my life.

"After her passing I knew I just had to help and say thank you to this amazing charity by taking on the role of chairperson of my local group - it’s here I have met some of the most selfless individuals who all pull together as a group to have fun and make a difference in our area”.

 

Northern Ireland

The North Down Fundraising Group has been active for 15 years and raised a whopping £25,322 last year. They recently held a sell-out cinema event with a special showing of Dirty Dancing, and enjoy holding quiz nights.

In addition to holding Blooming Great Tea Parties and supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal, the group also organises a large special event every year, alternating between a ball and a ladies luncheon.

The group enjoys using traditional media along with social networking to appeal to a broader audience and keep the profile of Marie Curie as high as possible.

Jennie, Secretary of the group, said she joined “to give back as much as I could. Marie Curie looked after my sister for the last two and a half months of her life. This charity will always have a special place in my heart."

The Armagh Fundraising Group was formed back in 1992 and has had a lot of fun and success raising money for Marie Curie over the years.

As well as supporting the charity’s key campaigns (their favourite being the Blooming Great Tea Party), the group has really enjoyed putting on its own events. All members are committed to the charity and give as much as they can to support.

Julie Watt, the secretary of the group, joined eight years ago and has loved every second: "I wanted to volunteer for Marie Curie and so went along to a meeting. They were all so welcoming that I haven’t looked back. They’ve become some of my best friends."

When Julie saw the support Marie Curie Nurses gave to her aunt, she was even more driven to raise funds.

This group has shown what can be achieved. This year alone they have raised a staggering £46,078.

 

Scotland

The Skye and Lochalsh Fundraising Group was formed back in 2011 and has had great successes over the years.

They hold regular events, including a soup and pudding lunch, a curry evening and Blooming Great Tea Parties.

But the group also has another string to its bow in the form of Lady Claire Macdonald who jointly chairs the group with her husband, Lord Godfrey Macdonald. Claire is an award-winning cook and food writer and has held a number of cookery demonstrations to raise money.

Claire says, "We are so thrilled to be able to support the work of Marie Curie in this area. The work of the nurses is incredible, especially when you consider how difficult it can be to get to some remote places. The local community has supported us throughout and we are so grateful to them.

As Claire calls them, ‘the heroes and heroines’ of Skye and Lochalsh have raised an incredible £39,500, which is an incredible achievement.

Formed in May 2011, the Moray Fundraising Group has raised over £142,000 and is the first point of contact for anyone wishing to support Marie Curie in the area.

The group holds two Blooming Great Tea Parties every year and organises a tennis tournament each August. In addition to this it co-ordinates the Great Daffodil Appeal in Moray, raising £7,700 in 2013.

The group covers a large area and really focuses on improving awareness of the work Marie Curie does, as well as raising huge sums of money.

It has boosted the profile of what our nurses do locally and this has resulted in many individuals organising their own fundraising with the support of the group. It is a fantastically inspirational group.

The Linlithgow Fundraising Group has been going for three years and has gone from strength to strength in that time. The group now holds several annual events, including a pub quiz and their now-famous Blooming Great Tea Party. So far they have raised over £27,000 for Marie Curie.

They are always keen to meet and support local people who are fundraising, and they get involved with their local Great Daffodil Appeal each Spring.

Sharon Graham, one of the group’s founding members, says, "As a committee, we have a great time together planning our fundraising. The community of Linlithgow is very generous in its support of our collections and events, and without them we would not have raised this fantastic amount for Marie Curie.”

 

West Midlands

The South Hereford Fundraising Group has been going since August 2011 and raises funds through collections, quizzes, talks and fairs. The group’s total since forming stands at a fantastic £56,000 – and rising. 

Chairperson Coline says of the group, “It’s lovely raising money with such tremendous people. We’re hoping to hold more collections over the autumn – it’s just such a nice thing to do.” 

The group is always looking for a helping hand and is very welcoming to new members. They are looking forward to another successful year.

The Marston Green Fundraising Group was formed in January 2013 and has grown to have 13 members.

The group is involved in the Great Daffodil Appeal and other public collections at supermarkets throughout the year. At the heart of the community, the group sells refreshments at a local recreation group and is supported by the local library, which sells unsold books from their book sales to help raise more funds.

Their Blooming Great Tea Party held in the summer was a fantastic success, raising over £2,300. The group has already hit their aim of raising £10,000 this year and is well on its way to doing more.

Chairperson Ian Fletcher said, “Even though I’ve lived in the area for 35 years, I’ve only now become part of the community and have become friends with all sorts of people.”

The Shirley Fundraising Group has had a great few months.

The group formed in June 2013 and raised more than £8,000 in its first year. They approached various clubs and societies in the local community to hold fundraising events in aid of Marie Curie. These included a Golf Day at Robin Hood golf course and a Casino night at the Village Hotel. They were also the beneficiary of a Tae Kwon Doe tournament that raised £4,000.

The group enjoyed a really successful Blooming Great Tea Party and is looking forward to continuing its fundraising efforts over the coming year. Keep up the great work Shirley.

 

London

Formed in May 2012, our Central London Fundraising Group has raised over £23,000 and thoroughly enjoys taking part in the Great Daffodil Appeal.

The group raised over £6,000 in 2013 through distributing daffodil boxes across the area. They were all individually involved in Marie Curie before forming, but came together to make the central London collections even bigger and better.

Helen Ward, Treasurer of the group, said, “Life in London is fast paced and fun, but after a couple of years of working here I felt that there was something missing. I wanted to meet new people and do something that helped others – volunteering in a fundraising group is a great way to combine the two.”

The group has had a busy few months and even featured in our fundraising group video:

Marie Curie fundraising groups - Making a difference together

See why our fundraising group members love being part of their local group.

 

North West

The Bolton Fundraising Group was formed in 2006 and has raised over £200,000 – an incredible amount.

They have huge success collecting for the Great Daffodil Appeal every spring, and distribute daffodil boxes all over the area. In 2014, they raised over £7,400 by doing this; one of our top fundraising groups.

The group also holds Christmas collections to raise extra funds and is looking to hold its own events to raise money over the summer.

Chairperson Peter Ward says, “I like knowing that I’m doing something worthwhile. Everyone in the group works very hard and I’ve made new friends.”

The Allerton and Mossley Hill fundraising group scored a hit with their first ever Great Daffodil Appeal in 2014.

The group raised an impressive £7,613.44 across five street and supermarket collections in South Liverpool during March.

They also delivered daffodil boxes to shops and businesses across the Allerton and Mossley Hill area, making sure that everyone in their community had the opportunity to wear a daffodil this year. 

Fundraiser Antony Jones said: “Group members, donned in mad hats and Marie Curie tabards, turned the streets and stores of Allerton and Mossley Hill yellow during March for the charity’s flagship appeal.

"Raising this amount from their first appeal is an incredible achievement and a great boost to Marie Curie’s income. The group has approached the whole appeal with a smile. The mantra has been ‘anything is possible’, something they definitely proved with these fantastic results!”

Having only come together in October 2013, the group has raised a fantastic £15,000 so far and is looking forward to lots more events over the coming year.

 

North East

2014 has marked a very special year for our Goole and Howdenshire Fundraising Group.

The group is celebrating its tenth year together and, with the support of the local community, has raised a huge amount in that time. Over the years the group has organised fashion shows, balls, Easter egg raffles, tea parties, talks and sponsored walks, to name just a few. Their efforts mean they’ve raised a phenomenal £216,000 for Marie Curie.

We’re excited to see what they can achieve in the next 10 years.

The Darlington Fundraising Group was formed ten years ago and has raised over £16,000 through a wide variety of activities.

They raise awareness in the local community by giving talks, collecting at supermarkets at Christmas and for the Great Daffodil Appeal. They also bag pack at the local Marks and Spencer, which raises £600 each time and has led to the group being chosen as their charity of the year.

The group is continually growing and coming up with ideas for new events. This year they’re holding their first ever ball, which has sold out, and they’re already hoping to make it even bigger next year. 

They have a lot of support from the community and are often chosen as beneficiaries of events held by others.

Chairperson Pat Irving says: “We work together for a shared purpose. We meet regularly and friendships have formed. We get a lot of satisfaction and pleasure out of knowing how much we’ve raised for a great cause.”

 

Yorkshire and the Humber

The Bradford Hospice Fundraising Group has celebrated its tenth anniversary. The enthusiastic group, whose Chairperson has been raising funds for Marie Curie for over 20 years, has raised an incredible £160,000 since 2005.

The group, who are nicknamed the ‘Bradford Daffs’ after Marie Curie’s iconic daffodil logo, plays a pivotal part in raising funds for the Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford and, come rain or shine, can always be found out and about representing the charity at local fetes and shows. 

The group’s passion and dedication stems from many members’ personal experience of Marie Curie Nurses, which inspires them to give something back.

Molly and Raymond Hagyard, whose son Simon was cared for at the hospice, said, “Our incentive was – and still is – to help the hospice and nurses continue to provide the unstinting loving care and professional treatment given to everybody.”

Chairperson Dave Harvey, who began fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care in 1988, said: “I’d like to thank members of the group, past and present, for all of their hard work and commitment, which has made our success possible. Never in our wildest dreams did we expect to raise such a massive amount, and we are so proud to be involved with such a great charity.”

The Kirkbymoorside Fundraising Group has recently reached a huge financial milestone - £276,876 raised over 14 years.

The group has done this by holding a variety of events, from cookery demonstrations to tractor runs, fashion shows to street collections. They also hold an annual cake and coffee sale alongside the Great Daffodil Appeal in March every year.

Chairperson June Cook said, “We have received many donations from very generous people and our loyal supporters are always there at our events. It is so humbling and gratifying to receive such support.”

The Doncaster Fundraising Group recently celebrated five years of activity, with members June, Carolyn and Stella all receiving their five-year loyalty awards.

They’ve raised an incredible £101,209 since forming and have organised events including a boat cruise, swishing evening, Blooming Great Tea Parties and a supper dance.

The group loves telling people in the local area all about Marie Curie and has been the beneficiary of events held in aid of the charity, including a Northern Soul night.

Treasurer Carolyn, who has been with the group since it formed, says, “I love the social aspect of the group, especially as we’ve grown. It’s so satisfying seeing the money come in too!”

 

South East

The Camberley Fundraising Group’s motto is to take things one £20 at a time, which is exactly what they’ve done since forming in November 2011.

This year the group raised over £8,000 during the Great Daffodil Appeal alone.

The group is a mix of ex-PTA mums and existing Marie Curie supporters who have come together to support our national campaigns.

Secretary Sharon Carter says, “The support of friends and the local community is vital and social networking has been key in spreading the word. We love raising funds for such a national charity on a local scale”.

The Bury St Edmunds Fundraising Group formed in April 2012 and has raised over £45,000.

Since 2012, the group has been involved in many activities in the local area, including the Newmarket Carnival, where a member of the group dressed up as Marie Curie. The fundraising group coordinates collections in Bury St Edmonds & Newmarket, and has raised almost £22,000 just from Great Daffodil Appeal Collections alone.  

Chairperson Sheila Jeffery is a Senior Healthcare Assistant for Marie Curie and loves leading the group. She said, “I really get out there and meet people”.

The Sevenoaks Fundraising Group was set up in April 2013. Within seven months the group had raised an incredible £4,600 through a number of events, including a Blooming Great Tea Party in a member’s garden, a wine tasting evening, selling cards and calendars in a local pub and holding a number of collections.

Chairperson Carole Howlett says the group have “lots of fun and laughs”. She explains, “My husband died of cancer two years ago so I wanted to pay something back to the charity which gave us such good support. It is incredibly fulfilling to know you’re supporting nurses who help people in your local community. The great thing for me too is the social side; I’ve made new friends which is lovely, whilst supporting such a worthwhile cause."

The Sevenoaks Fundraising Group has done fantastically well so far and has lots more plans up its sleeve.

 

South West

The Poole Fundraising Group was launched in January 2013 and is on target to raise £80,000 in its first 3 years. The group is always keen to seek out new fundraising opportunities and also organises a number of purely social fun events, welcoming new people with new ideas to join existing members. Everybody has an equal voice.

Understanding the value of social media in its marketing and fundraising strategy is paying long term benefits, as well as local partnerships it's formed. Exploring how local businesses can help and support the group's activities has been an enjoyable challenge to date. There is still much to do though and if you feel you can help them along this enjoyable journey, they would love to hear from you. Contact them at poolemariecurie.fundraising@yahoo.co.uk.

The Bodmin Fundraising Group was formed in August 2012 and has raised over £8,500, including £3,000 from Great Daffodil Appeal collections in March 2013.

The group has taken over the organisation and running of the the Bodmin to Padstow Camel Trail, a local bike ride that is now in its 15th year.

At Christmas time, they sponsor a Christmas tree at the local tree festival and also hold festive collections at supermarkets.

Chairperson Bob Welling says, “I love the camaraderie and the friendship. We have a common cause and just have fun.”

 

East Midlands

The Lincoln Fundraising Group formed in September 2012 and is one of our larger groups, with 13 members.

The group organises a host of activities including quiz nights, stalls and bingo, and since forming has raised over £75,000.

With great links in the local community, the group is often presented with cheques from local businesses, individuals and schools after supporting their events.

Robina Cameron, Chairperson of the group, says, “I love being in the group and raising money for Marie Curie. This March we were out in full force with the daffodils and I have enjoyed every minute of it. We hope to keep raising money and awareness of the charity.”

The South Leicestershire Fundraising Group formed in spring 2010 and has steadily increased the amount it has raised each year. The group’s grand total currently stands at over £50,000.

The group loves to hold a Blooming Great Tea Party each year, and have seen its tea parties grow in size year on year. In its 2015 tea party, the group raised a fantastic £2,057, which included lots of tasty treats and a quiz.

It also support the Great Daffodil Appeal by distributing boxes to businesses in the local area and organising the collections at the Fosse Shopping Park in Leicester.

Publicity volunteer Cara Ackerman says, “It’s so much fun being in the group and we all enjoy getting the Marie Curie message out there. We’re always happy to welcome new members too.”

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