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Gordon MacDonald MSP Shows Support for Terminal Illness Charity

Gordon, as constituency MSP for the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh, is supporting a call to “make every daffodil count” for Marie Curie as the terminal illness charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal gets underway.

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign taking place throughout March. The charity is asking people to simply give a donation and wear a Marie Curie daffodil pin. All funds raised help Marie Curie Nurses be there for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes or at the charity’s two Scottish hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Marie Curie Nurses work night and day in people’s homes across the UK, and hospices provide expert care round the clock. In 2015/16 in the Lothian area 440 patients were supported in 4,352 visits, including 2,616 fast track visits, from Marie Curie. In 2015/16 the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh saw 425 inpatient admissions. 6,000 people will need palliative care in the Lothian area each year. Marie Curie continues to work with the new health and social care partnerships to ensure that palliative care services reach more people and everyone gets the care they need.

Gordon MacDonald MSP said, “Marie Curie nurses and volunteers provide sensitive and considerate care to those in need. Every day, they give hands-on assistance and vital emotional support to people in our community. This appeal is a great way people can show their support and give back to the organisation.”

Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland said, “One in four people, around 11,000 in Scotland, miss out on the care they need and that’s not good enough. Join our biggest annual fundraising appeal and help us provide vital hands on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones. Make every daffodil count by donating and wearing your daffodil pin.” or call 0800 304 7025. To donate £5, text DAFF to 70111*

*Texts cost £5 plus your standard network rate. 98% of your donation is received by Marie Curie

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