Local Senedd Member Samuel Kurtz is calling on the people of Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire to host their own Daffodil Day as leading end-of-life charity Marie Curie launches its biggest annual fundraising appeal.
The charity is calling upon volunteers to give just two hours of their time to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pins in return for donations, as part of their Daffodil Day campaign.
Samuel Kurtz MS joined Marie Curie’s Nurses and Policy and Public Affairs team at an event in the Senedd, to hear about the charity’s work to improve the availability of palliative care in West Wales.
Speaking about Marie Curie’s Daffodil Day, Samuel Kurtz MS said:
“Marie Curie’s work is invaluable. That is why I’m encouraging everyone across Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire to show their support for the Great Daffodil Appeal in any way they can.
“Every donation means that when the time comes, Marie Curie can be on hand to support our loved ones with end-of-life care, and their loving families with bereavement support.”
Natasha Wynne, Marie Curie Cymru Senior Policy Manager added:
“We cannot tell people that they need to die during office hours to get the care they need. The lack of support out-of-hours causes unnecessary distress to patients and families and can lead to upsetting and avoidable emergency admissions which increase pressure on an already stretched NHS.
“There is a real opportunity in Wales to sort out the problems with out-of-hours care through the implementation of the recent palliative and end-of-life care Quality Statement.
“This says that everyone, regardless of where they live, should have 24/7 single point of access to coordinated care, medication, and advice about end-of-life care.”
Anyone wishing to host a Daffodil Day will get support from Marie Curie’s fundraising team as soon as they sign up to volunteer. All the money raised will help Marie Curie continue to provide vital end-of-life care for terminally ill people and their families during their final days, weeks and months.
For more information, please visit https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.