Marie Curie charity asks for gift of time

Mini volunteer Phoebe Samson is ready to support Marie Curie's biggest annual fundraiser, the Great Daffodil Appeal.

Mini volunteer Phoebe Samson is ready to support Marie Curie's biggest annual fundraiser, the Great Daffodil Appeal.

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Angus residents are being asked to back a bid to help local families fighting terminal illness by donating two hours of their time next month.

Marie Curie, the charity that provides free professional nursing care to the terminally ill at home, is looking for volunteers across Dundee and Angus to take part in their annual Great Daffodil Appeal in March.

On Sunday (February 7), seven-year-old Phoebe Samson, from Broughty Ferry, who first helped sell the distinctive yellow daffodil lapel pins in 2014, once more added her name to the helper register with mum Jenni.

Petra McMillan, a patron for Marie Curie who lives in Carnoustie, encouraged everyone to follow Phoebe’s example and sign up to make a difference in their own communities. She said: “As little Phoebe knows, it feels good to help others. This is your chance to join one of our collections - they’re fun and friendly and they make a huge difference in our community.

“Every penny we raise this March across our NHS Tayside area will be spent within the same postcode area to deliver hands-on nursing care to individuals with a range of terminal conditions, including cancer.

“With just £20 funding one hour of care, it is easy to see how donating just a little spare time can have a huge impact on our neighbours.”

Last year across Tayside, £18,000 was raised by 43 manned collections, To find out about your nearest GDA collection, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0845 601 3107.