Falkirk Marie Curie group gearing up for Great Daffodil Appeal

The Marie Curie Falkirk Fundraising Group is gearing up for the Great Daffodil Appeal running throughout March. Picture: Alan Murray
The Marie Curie Falkirk Fundraising Group is gearing up for the Great Daffodil Appeal running throughout March. Picture: Alan Murray

Taking a selfie for social media is a common trend these days but big-hearted fundraisers are asking people to take one for a very good reason.

The Marie Curie Falkirk Fundraising Group is gearing up for the Great Daffodil Appeal – the charity’s biggest campaign of the year – and will be out in force from next Friday tirelessly collecting throughout the month of March.

It will be hard to miss them in their bright yellow hats, tabards and merchandise at various stores across the district, but if you do you can post a ‘Yel-fie’ – a selfie of yourself wearing something yellow or sporting a daffodil, post it on Facebook or Twitter and tag a friend or two to do the same – and donate cash online at the Marie Curie website.

All money raised in the Falkirk area is spent here. Just £20 pays for a Marie Curie nurse’s labour for one hour and during 2013/14 the organisation cared for 293 patients suffering from terminal illnesses like cancer, providing 7891 hours of nursing care.

Falkirk’s fundraising group is made up of local ladies Claire Haston (33), Aileen Reid (43), Aimee Reilly (26), Mhairi Kirkwood (32), Fiona McCartney (30) and Jennifer McIndoe (26) who have raised a massive £17,000 since 2012.

Claire said: “We’ve had a great response so far to our fundraising in the Falkirk 
district and we think the ‘Yel-fie’ is a brilliant idea that can help us raise even more this year.

“We’re all looking forward to the collections this year, we have brilliant fun. Last year one of our collectors (Aileen) gave a kiss for a tenner, but it’s all for a great cause. Caring for people towards the end of their lives at home is an amazing service.”

Community fundraiser Jennifer Gale said: “Our Falkirk fundraising group really is going from strength to strength. Their support of our fundraising campaigns such as the Great Daffodil Appeal is allowing us to hold more successful collections across Falkirk and raise more money for local Marie Curie Nurses.”

Marie Curie’s Daffodil Appeal starts on Sunday, March 1 and runs for the month.

GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Falkirk fundraising group will be at the following collection venues – Friday, February 27: Tesco stores in Camelon, Redding Road and Central Retail Park. Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8: Asda, Falkirk. Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15: Polmont Co-op. Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22: Howgate shopping centre. March 21: B&M, Stenhousemuir. Saturday, March 28: LIDL, Falkirk. Sunday, March 29: Morrisons, Falkirk.

The group is looking for new volunteers from all walks of life and ages to help with collections and group events.

Commitment can be as little two hours which can raise up to £85 (four hours nursing care) which can make a major difference to someone’s life.

To get involved in time for the Great Daffodil Appeal contact community fundraiserJennifer Gale on 0131 561 3951 or e-mail Jennifer.gale@mariecurie.org.uk.