Public collections for Great Daffodil Appeal have been ruled out
Faced with a potential cash shortfall, a leading local charity is asking for fresh fund-raising ideas as they head towards the pivotal point in their year.
The Marie Curie Hospice has had to cancel all their public collections for their annual Great Daffodil Appeal for the first time in its 35 years.
Normally in March, supporters of the Solihull-based hospice would be out on the streets, giving out daffodils in exchange for donations, often collecting as much as £80 in a shift – enough to pay for the equivalent of four hours of nursing care.
However, the pandemic has largely scuppered those plans and now fundraising officials at the hospice are asking kind-hearted residents to come up with creative ways to help them to plug the financial gap.
One way is to join the Step Into Spring event, a virtual challenge to walk 10,000 steps every day in March – you can register at Register for Step into Spring for Marie Curie – and Amy McNaughton-Brown, the fundraising engagement lead at the Solihull hospice, told the Solihull Observer: “In March we would usually see our supporters taking to the streets to give out daffodils in exchange for donations.
“As this can’t take place this year, we are calling on the people of Solihull to find other ways to support the Great Daffodil Appeal.
“Whether it is taking on a two-hour challenge or signing up to ‘Step into Spring’, you can find lots of fun ways to support your local Hospice and ensure we can continue to be there for more people at the end of their lives.”
The first annual National Day of Reflection on March 23rd – a year since the first COVID-19-forced lockdown – will occur in the month-long appeal and Marie Curie are asking people to wear daffodils and remember the victims with a minute’s silence at noon.
The Marsh Lane hospice, which has been in Solihull for 65 years, will be streaming a service of reflection on its Facebook page www.facebook.com/MarieCurieHospiceWestMidlands.
And for more information about the Great Daffodil Appeal, go to www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil
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