End of life charity Marie Curie is calling on businesses and residents in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to support its flagship fundraising campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal.

The charity has been hit hard over the past 12 months and is facing a potential loss of over £3 million due to the enforced cancellations of its public collections.

However, it has a variety of creative ways that people in Cornwall and the Scillies can support the campaign this year including donning their trainers and ‘stepping up for Marie Curie’ by walking 10,000 steps every day throughout March.

All donations from the Great Daffodil Appeal will ensure that Marie Curie Nurses can continue working on the frontline, providing end of life care in people’s homes throughout Cornwall and the south west.

Lynda Thomas, Marie Curie community fundraiser for Cornwall, said: “The Great Daffodil Appeal is vitally important to us. Having been held every March for over three decades, this is the first time we’ve had to cancel all of our public collections. This is a huge blow as each volunteer would usually raise an average £80 from a collection shift: enough to pay for the equivalent of four hours of nursing care. “

“In these unprecedented times we need peoples’ support now more than ever. From simply making a donation and wearing a daffodil pin to hosting a virtual ‘Wear Yellow Day’ – we’ve created a wide range of fundraising ideas in the hope that we have something to suit everyone.”

For more information please email Lynda.thomas@mariecurie.org.uk or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil