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Miles Briggs MSP supports Marie Curie's Great Big Daffodil

Miles Briggs MSP visited Marie Curie's Great Big Daffodil, supporting the charity's biggest annual fundraising campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal.

The striking 7 foot tall installation at Edinburgh's Gyle Shopping Centre between 13-15 March enabled people to visit and share a special message or photo to loved ones on a petal.

During this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal which hopes to raise over £700,000 in Scotland, the charity is focusing on the stories behind the 8 million UK daffodil pins exchanged for a donation to Marie Curie. Every donation and daffodil worn helps Marie Curie provide vital care for people living with a terminal illness and support for their families.

Miles was pleased to speak with Dianne Lawson a Nurse at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh, as well as read some of the messages shared. He said: “I really enjoyed fundraising with Nurse Diane Lawson and reading the special messages and photos to loved ones on the 7 foot daffodil at the Gyle.”

Susan Brown Marie Curie Policy and Public Affairs Manager for Scotland said: "Thank you to Miles for visiting the Great Big Daffodil and sharing his story. All of the stories shared here in Edinburgh will come together with others from around the UK and will be unveiled at a special event in London on 20 March. 

"People can still take part by sharing stories and photos on social media using #EveryDaffodil."

Daffodil pins are available until the end of March from Marie Curie shops as well as Superdrug, Spar and Hotter.

 

Notes to Editors

Photos free to use and share: Miles Briggs MSP with Marie Curie Nurse Dianne Lawson.

To find out more about the Great Daffodil Appeal, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call free on 0800 304 7025. To donate £5 to Marie Curie, text DAFF to 70111

For more information please contact Gemma Walton on 07730 618 339 gemma.walton@mariecurie.org.uk

Please note we are now called ‘Marie Curie’ – not Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness.

About the Great Daffodil Appeal

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, held every March.

Every donation and daffodil worn helps Marie Curie provide vital care for people living with a terminal illness and support for their families.

8 million daffodil pins are distributed each year.

£6 million was raised last year and £114 million total raised since the campaign began in 1986.

Over 2,000 Marie Curie Nurses work across the country in people’s homes and the charity’s nine hospices, providing 1.2 million hours of nursing care every year.

Daffodil pins are available from volunteers on high streets across the country, Marie Curie shops, and stores including Superdrug, Spar, Hotter and Wyevale Garden Centres.

Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0800 304 7025 for more information. To donate £5 to Marie Curie, text DAFF to 70111

About the Great Big Daffodil

The Great Big Daffodil is a striking seven-foot-tall installation which is travelling 1,500 miles around the UK during the Great Daffodil Appeal. People visiting the Great Big Daffodil can pick up one of the charity’s instantly recognisable daffodil pins and share the story behind their daffodil. They can write something or add a photo into the paper books within each petal of the Great Big Daffodil. The daffodil visited Swansea (22-23 Feb), Bristol (25-27 Feb), Manchester (1-3 Mar), Birmingham (5-7 Mar), Belfast (9-11 Mar), Edinburgh (13-15 Mar). All the memories, stories, pictures and tributes that have been shared will come together and be thoughtfully celebrated at a special event in London (20 Mar).

Miles Briggs