The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has backed Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal following the official launch of the fundraising appeal in Wales.
Peter Black joined a selection of Marie Curie Nurses, fundraisers, volunteers and supporters, along with the charity’s Chief Executive Dr Jane Collins, to officially launch this year’s appeal at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Wednesday 11th February.
The Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s flagship fundraising drive, encourages people to donate to the appeal and wear an iconic daffodil during February and March. Funds raised through the appeal are used to provide expert care and support to around 2,278 people living with a terminal illness, and their families, across Wales every year.
Last year’s Great Daffodil Appeal raised a record-breaking £8.26m through regional fundraising to support its important work in Wales, and everyone connected with the charity is hoping that this year’s appeal is even bigger and better.
Mr. Black said: "Marie Curie’s work supporting people affected by terminal illness across Wales is excellent, and it gives me immense pride to wear my daffodil and support the charity’s 2015 Great Daffodil Appeal. I hope people across Wales will donate and wear a daffodil and help Marie Curie continue to make a real difference to people living with a terminal illness in Wales."
Simon Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Wales for Marie Curie, said: "We are pleased to have the support of Peter Blackas we launch this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal – an appeal that raises vital funds to support our work in homes across Wales, as well as the Cardiff & The Vale Hospice in Penarth.
"Every year the people of Wales never cease to amaze us with their generosity and support for our Great Daffodil Appeal, and I’m sure this year will be no different as people recognise the importance of the work we carry out. On behalf of Marie Curie, I would like to thank all those who continue to donate and enable us to keep supporting people affected by terminal illness across Wales."
Last year more than 1,000 volunteers in Wales helped support the Great Daffodil Appeal by collecting donations from members of the public. Together, they raised more than £308,000.
To find out how you can get involved in the Great Daffodil Appeal visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0845 601 3107.
Picture caption: Peter Black AM pictured with Marie Curie Senior Nurses Marilyn Parfitt, Alana Lavin and Maura Williams