Orkney MSP Liam McArthur is lending his support to Marie Curie and the Great Daffodil Appeal.
Mr McArthur met staff and volunteers at an event in Holyrood and heard about the work of the charity that last year provided care and support for more than 7,400 people living with a terminal illness in Scotland.
The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign which takes place throughout March. The charity asks people to make a donation in return for a daffodil pin. All funds raised help Marie Curie nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones, in their own homes or at the charity’s two Scottish hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Orkney’s MSP also spoke in the debate celebrating Marie Curie’s 30th Anniversary of its Great Daffodil Appeal and applauding the work of Marie Curie staff and volunteers across Scotland, including in Orkney.
Commenting after the debate, Liam McArthur MSP said:
“Marie Curie nurses and volunteers do phenomenal work on behalf of terminally ill people and their families.
“Thanks to the efforts of Dr Trevitt and his colleagues in Stromness and Dounby, this service has been available to patients in the West Mainland over recent years. The feedback has been excellent and I am delighted to see Marie Curie support being available now to patients across the Orkney mainland.
“We need to see capacity and momentum continue to grow so that everyone who needs the palliative and end of life care that Marie Curie offers able to access it.
“We have an ageing population, with people living longer with more complex conditions. The demand for the support that Marie Curie provides is therefore likely to grow. It is not simply for cancer sufferers, but for anyone affected by a life-limiting condition.
“I also pay tribute to Barbara Todd and her team of fundraisers without whose efforts it would be difficult to provide any sort of service. The support for Marie Curie locally is both testimony to the generosity of the Orkney public and the recognition of the importance of good quality, widely available palliative and end of life care”.
Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland said:
“We’re calling on everyone in Scotland get behind the daffodil and join Liam McArthur supporting people living with a terminal illness by donating and wearing a daffodil pin. Your support will help us provide more free hands-on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness and their families.”
To support the Great Daffodil Appeal call 0845 601 3107 (local rate) or pledge £5 by texting DAFF to 70111*. Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.