Local MP Caroline Dinenage joined actor, Stephen Mangan to help launch Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal.
This March Caroline met with Marie Curie Ambassador Stephen and Rapid Response Healthcare Assistant Patricia McDonnell at the parliamentary event to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign.
"I was delighted to support the Great Daffodil Appeal launch, and highlight the fantastic work of Marie Curie for those that need it the most, supporting friends and family at such a difficult time. Every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life. The money raised from the Appeal will help Marie Curie be there for more people living with a terminal illness”
Since 1986 Marie Curie has provided care for those living with terminal illness, offering vital support when it is most needed. The Appeal is crucial in raising much-needed funds to enable the charity to continue to provide nursing and hospice care, fund research and campaign on behalf of everyone affected by terminal illness.
The charity's free national Support Line now also offers clinical support, enabling anyone with a terminal illness to access a Marie Curie Nurse. The Information and Support Nurses can answer any clinical questions or concerns people may have, from understanding a diagnosis to explaining treatments, or talking about painful and distressing symptoms.
Actor Stephen Mangan, said:
“I experienced first-hand the difference they make when they cared for both my mum and later, my dad at home.
“Chances are, we all know someone who’s been affected by a terminal illness. That’s why I’m delighted to be here with Caroline to help launch Marie Curie’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal.
“Whether it's worn in celebration, in solidarity or in memory of a loved one, by donating and wearing a daffodil pin during March, you and thousands of others in Gosport will help make sure thousands more dying people get the care and support they deserve."
Scott Sinclair, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie, said:
“Having the support of Caroline and Stephen makes a huge difference to our Great Daffodil Appeal.
“Too many people miss out on the care and support they need. By donating and wearing a daffodil pin in March you are helping us to support more people at the most difficult time of their lives. We want to make sure that everyone affected by terminal illness, wherever they may live, gets the right support, at the right time – whether that is high quality nursing care, emotional and practical support, or fast access to the benefits they need.”