Beth’s daffodil challenge for Marie Curie

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Marie Curie Cancer Care and without them the vital work of the charity simply wouldn’t happen.

To help mark this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal they are holding an information evening in the Millennium Forum in Derry on Thursday April 7.

It’s open to anyone who’s interested in helped the charity in any way, but they are specifically looking for anyone who would like to volunteer their time to help fund raise.

One Derry woman Beth Snodgrass, who has worked as a volunteer for years, says knowing the comfort Maric Curie brings to cancer suffers and their families acts as a powerful incentive for fundraisers like herself.

“I was made aware of the work that Marie Curie do when my own father was ill eight years ago,” she said.

“Having a nurse come out to help look after him made a big difference to us at the time.

“Marie Curie nurses provide such a great service that it is vital that they are given the proper funding.

“There are plenty of people who need this type of help and, unfortunately, lots of people who in the future will as well.

“Everyone knows at least one person who has cancer and it is reassuring to know that when you need it, the help is there.”

In order to raise funds Beth organises coffee mornings and daffodil days and also one-off events such as an appeal in Austin’s in the Diamond at Christmas.

“My work, Oaklee Housing, adopted Marie Curie as their charity of the year and now we organise our own coffee morning with our tenants.

“There is a community spirit amongst fundraisers and volunteers because we all know it is such an important cause.

“I think anyone who would like to find out a little more about fundraising for Marie Curie should come along to the Millennium Forum next month.”

A spokesman for Marie Curie said: We would appeal for anyone who feels they could spare a few hours a month to help fund raise for their local Marie Curie Nurses to come along and hear a little bit more about what is involved and the fun you will have along the way.

“It is also not to late to volunteer two hours of your time to help collect at the Great Daffodil Collection, on April 2..”

Anyone interested in helping the Great Daffodil Collection should Gavin on 02882 249888.