Kate and presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Anneka Rice, have joined forces this March to help Marie Curie provide care and support to more people living with a terminal illness.
Kate and Marie Curie Ambassador, Anneka, were pictured together with Marie Curie Rapid Response Healthcare Assistant, Lukmon Adeyemi, at the parliamentary event to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign, held every March.
Kate pledged her support to the Appeal and is encouraging local people to donate and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins to help fund vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.
Kate said: “Every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life. That’s why I am supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal this March. Without your help, Marie Curie Nurses can’t give vital care to people living with a terminal illness and their families.”
Launched in 1986, the Appeal 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.
Anneka said: “I was thrown into a world of utter confusion and sadness when I had to care for two elderly parents, living separately but both with dementia. At the time I didn’t know who to reach out to as I knew nothing at all about the illness. At the time, I wish I’d known about the organisations like Marie Curie that exist to help.”
“They are just a brilliant bunch of people, quietly getting on with very, very, important work. We all want to be well-looked after at the end of our lives. Marie Curie need our help, so that they can help more people have a good death. I’m so proud to support them.”
Marie Curie Rapid Response Healthcare Assistant Lukmon Adeyemi, said: “By donating and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil it will help make sure we can be there for more people when they need us the most. I know how important it is to be there for patients and families when they are struggling.
“Marie Curie services rely on the generosity of the public, so I’d like to say a big thank you for your donations. Without you, Marie Curie nursing staff can’t give vital care to people living with a terminal illness and their families.”
Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil for more information.