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Terminal illness charity, Marie Curie, needs the help of volunteers in Manchester. The charity is asking Mancunians to give two hours of their time to hand out daffodil pins, in return for donations.

The charity’s annual fundraiser, the Great Daffodil Appeal, takes place in March – and Marie Curie hopes to get more people than ever wearing the daffodil pin. £6 million was raised last year, and £114 million raised in total since the campaign began in 1986.

The money raised means that Marie Curie Nurses can be there for more people living with a terminal illness, providing them with vital one-to-one nursing care and support in their own homes.

Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance.

Eight million daffodil pins are distributed each year. They are available from Marie Curie shops and stores including Superdrug, Spar, Hotter and Wyevale Garden Centres as well as from volunteers on the high street.

“Whatever your story, donating and wearing a daffodil pin during March unites you with millions of others to help make sure all dying people get the care and support they deserve,” says Lynn Partridge, Marie Curie community fundraiser for Manchester.

“Volunteering just two hours of your time at a collection near you means that you are raising money to help make sure more dying people get the care and support they need at the end of their lives.

“What’s more, collecting is lots of fun, you can do it on your own or with friends, and Marie Curie will support you from the moment you sign up.”

To volunteer for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal and give out the charity’s daffodils pins in return for donations visit mariecurie.org.uk/collect or call Lynn Partridge, community fundraiser for Manchester, on 0161 255 2809.

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