Stephen McPartland MP met with Patricia McDonnell, a Marie Curie Rapid Response Healthcare Assistant, and Marie Curie Ambassador Stephen Mangan to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal.
Stephen McPartland MP said, “Every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life. The money raised from the Appeal will help Marie Curie be there for more people living with any terminal illness such as terminal cancer, dementia, heart failure, and motor neurone disease.
"I am proud to pledge my support to the Appeal and know that many local people in the Stevenage area help fund vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families."
Patricia McDonnell added, “Behind every daffodil, there’s a story. Whatever your story, donating and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil will help make sure we can be there for more people when they need us the most. Marie Curie services rely on the generosity of the public, so I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who gives a donation and wears a daffodil pin during March.”
The charity's free national Support Line now also offers clinical support, enabling anyone with a terminal illness to access a Marie Curie Nurse. The Information and Support Nurses can answer any clinical questions or concerns people may have, from understanding a diagnosis to explaining treatments, or talking about painful and distressing symptoms.