“My daffodil is… a symbol of hope.”
The 2022 Great Daffodil Appeal is NOW officially underway in Northern Ireland!
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s annual flagship fundraising campaign, and this year’s appeal is focused on people sharing their “My Daffodil… in memory of” stories online and in different parts of Northern Ireland.
Each year, the Great Daffodil Appeal encourages people to donate and wear the iconic daffodil pin. Money raised through the Appeal helps fund frontline nursing care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families, in homes across Northern Ireland – as well as in the Marie Curie Hospice in Belfast.
Donations also facilitate an Information and Support Line, which provides a caring, listening ear to anyone dealing with any aspect of death, dying, and bereavement.
This year as part of the Great Daffodil Appeal will be the ‘National Day of Reflection’ where everyone can pause and take a moment to reflect on lives lost during the past twelve months.
Organisations and familiar faces across NI are backing the campaign.
Ciara Gallagher, Head of Fundraising for Marie Curie in Northern Ireland, said:“If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s that there’s only one chance to get things right at end of life and that everyone should have the right to quality end of life care when they need it.
“Now more than ever – people recognise the importance of the work our nurses and staff carry out every day.
“The Great Daffodil Appeal is our biggest annual fundraiser and without the support of people donating and wearing their daffodil, Marie Curie simply couldn’t provide the same high levels of care.”
Commenting further, Ciara added:
“After 2 years of disruption, our army of volunteers are back out in force across Northern Ireland throughout the month of March. Donations last year ensured that Marie Curie Nurses continued their work on the frontline – caring for people during a pandemic.
“I’d like to thank those who continue to generously fundraise and donate. By getting involved, raising funds, wearing a daffodil and supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal, they are ensuring that care continues today, tonight, tomorrow, and into the future for those who need Marie Curie to support them at end of life. Funds raised will also go towards providing much-needed support for loved ones left behind”.
Alice O’Brien is a Marie Curie Nurse. Commenting on her work as a Marie Curie Nurse and on the importance of the Great Daffodil Appeal.
“Being a Marie Curie Nurse is not like any other job in the health sector because it’s about taking care of terminally ill patients. It’s about making their time a priority and also comfortable for them to live their last days and hours in peace and with dignity.”
“Marie Curie Nurses are on the front-line, night and day providing hands-on clinical care, comfort, and vital emotional support to individuals and their families.
“Being at a person’s bedside in their final hours is a privilege. We get job satisfaction knowing that we’re supporting patients and their families when they need it the most.
“It’s important to get involved with the Great Daffodil Appeal as we need more people to know about the work of Marie Curie and to raise funds to help and support the work we do. It takes a lot of resources to provide this care, so the support and funding is vital.”