Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans and Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs have joined forces to Make Every Daffodil Count this March and help Marie Curie provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness.
Mr Evans and long-term Marie Curie supporter Jason were pictured together with Marie Curie Nurses, Sally Monger-Godfrey and Lib Wolley at a parliamentary event in Westminster to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign.
People are being urged to make a donation and wear a Marie Curie daffodil pin, which are available from volunteers across the country. They are also available at Superdrug, Spar, Poundworld stores, and Wyevale Garden Centres, during March. Morrisons supermarkets will also be holding GDA fundraising collections tomorrow and over the weekend.
Mr Evans said: “It is vitally important that those with terminal illnesses are given the support which they deserve. I think that the care currently offered to a number of patients is inadequate and this must be changed.
“Around 1,500 die each year in the Ribble Valley and roughly three quarters of these need and benefit from some form of palliative care. That’s just a few more than one thousand people a year who will use end of life care in the Ribble Valley. Marie Curie are doing excellent work in caring for these people, but more needs to be done to support them.
“Please buy a daffodil pin to show your support.”
Jason, who is best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, said: “I’m delighted to be here with Nigel to help launch Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal.
“Please help us make every daffodil count. The charity is also calling on more people to help with local collections. Volunteering a couple hours of your time will make such a difference to the care and support that Marie Curie can provide.”
For more information about volunteering for a local collection call 0800 304 7025 or visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.