HRH The Prince of Wales signalled the start of Marie Curie’s ‘Great Big Daffodil’ Tour 2020 as he became the first person to sign one of the petals on Marie Curie’s Great Big Daffodil at a special visit to the charity’s Cardiff and the Vale Hospice.
The Great Big Daffodil, part of the Great Daffodil Appeal, gives people the opportunity to share stories, memories, messages or tributes of someone special – both the loved ones we’ve lost and those that are still here. Marie Curie hopes the Great Big Daffodil will create somewhere for people to take a moment to reflect, remember and pay tribute to those that have been special to them.
This striking seven-foot-tall Great Big Daffodil has specially designed paper books within its petals, within which people will be able to write their messages of someone who’s been special to them. Travelling on a 1,000-mile journey touring the UK, the Great Big Daffodil will visit Cwmbran, Cardiff, Manchester, Stoke, Solihull, Glasgow, Belfast and Liverpool from 27th February to 29th March. The charity says that creating and sharing happy memories can help people prepare for bereavement and cope better with the loss of someone to a terminal illness.
Marie Curie’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal begins in March and is crucial in raising much-needed funds to enable the charity to continue providing nursing and hospice care, a freephone support line and information for people living with any terminal illness such as terminal cancer, dementia, heart failure, and motor neurone disease.
Marie Curie Chief Executive, Matthew Reed, said: “Building on the success of last year’s Great Big Daffodil Tour, where we had thousands of messages shared, we hope this year’s tour will be even more impactful as we visit even more towns and cities across the UK.
“We know from our own work it is important that people do take the time to stop, think and pay tribute to those special to them and remembering loved ones who have died and taking the time to reflect can provide comfort. We hope people will be encouraged to come along and share these poignant memories or messages of support to help us create a national picture of the moments that matter most during the end of life.”
To support the Great Daffodil Appeal, get your daffodil pin from volunteers on high streets around the UK, as well as Marie Curie shops, Superdrug, Savers, SPAR UK, Hotter Shoes and Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group.
To find out more about the Great Daffodil Appeal, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call or call 0800 304 7025 for more information. Share your memory using @mariecurieuk. To Donate £5 to Marie Curie, text DAFF to 70111.