TERMINAL illness charity Marie Curie is appealing for volunteers to give two hours of their time to hand out its iconic daffodil pins – in return for donations.

The charity is hoping to get more people than ever wearing the daffodil pin during its annual Great Daffodil Appeal this March.

Marie Curie says that the appeal is urgently needed as one in four people currently don’t receive the care and support they need at the end of their life.

With the population getting older, demand on the charity’s services is set to increase.

The money raised will help fund nurses working in St Helens and enable them to 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 Community Fundraiser for St Helens, Antony Jones said: “It’s heartbreaking that not everyone gets the care and support they need to live their final days with dignity, in the place they want to be.

"Our nurses care for people in their own homes, providing one-to-one care overnight and support for family members. And we’re always here with expert information, guidance or just a shoulder to lean on.”

“Every daffodil helps us care for more people – this is what makes the Great Daffodil Appeal so important.”

The charity particularly needs help at the two Morrisons stores in St Helens, on Boundary Road and Baxters Lane.

A daffodil collection will take place at both stores on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th March, so volunteers are needed to help fill them to make them a success.

There will also be a street collection in St Helens town centre on Saturday, March 3.

Friends Sandra Fairhurst and Debbie Bold, from Haydock, will be collecting again this year.

Sandra said: “I have been so touched by some of the stories and feelings of gratitude I have heard from people whilst collecting. Marie Curie touches many people through the care they provide, and it’s so rewarding to know that we are helping Marie Curie nurses make a difference to patients and families right here in St Helens.”

Those wishing to volunteer can visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call free on 0800 304 7025 or contact Antony Jones, Community Fundraiser on 0151 801 1412 or email antony.jones@mariecurie.org.uk