Celebrities call for 20,000 volunteers for `Marie Curie Cancer Care’

Stars support Great Daffodil Appeal

18th January 2010: Stars are asking people to volunteer and raise funds for providing nursing care to terminally ill in their own homes. In fact, an array of well known faces have come together to support Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Great Daffodil Appeal this year.
The stars, featuring in a short video on encouraging people to volunteer, include: Stephen Fry, Tony Blackburn, Lynda Bellingham, Jon Culshaw, Alison Steadman, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The video can be viewed online at It has been made by Marie Curie Cancer Care to help recruit 20,000 volunteer collectors for its 2010 Great Daffodil Appeal. 

Marie Curie Cancer Care urgently needs to recruit 20,000 volunteer collectors to help its Great Daffodil Appeal in 2010. The charity is asking for volunteer collectors to give an hour of their time during the Great Daffodil Appeal this February and March to help someone in their final hours. 

An associated advertising campaign too has been launched this week. It features two radio adverts, featuring Stephen Fry and Jane Horrocks. The adverts are being aired throughout January on Heart, Smooth Radio, Magic, Classic FM and LBC.

Actor Stephen Mangan, who also features in the video, has personal reasons for supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal. Both his parents died from cancer and were cared for at home by Marie Curie Nurses.

Stephen, best known for his performances in Green Wing and Channel Four’s Free Agents, said; “Most terminally ill people want to be cared for at home, surrounded by their loved ones. Marie Curie Nurses working across the UK make this possible because they provide care, totally free to patients in their own homes. 

 “I’m proud to be supporting the appeal in any way I can and hope the video encourages everyone to give an hour of their time to help, because it really could help someone in their final hours.”

Each March the charity encourages everyone in the UK to give a donation in return for a daffodil to wear in support of Marie Curie Nurses. The money raised helps Marie Curie Cancer Care provide free nursing care for people with cancer and other terminal illnesses in their own homes and the charity’s hospices. 

If you have more time available, there are other ways to get involved. The charity needs help organising collections. You could also volunteer at your local fundraising office or distributing daffodil boxes to local supporters. 

To volunteer for the Great Daffodil Appeal and help Marie Curie Cancer Care provide care for terminally ill people and support for their loved ones, you can visit or call the Daffodil Hotline on 0845 601 3107.

To get help from the Marie Curie Nursing Service, talk to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse. For more information about Marie Curie Cancer Care, you can visit 

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