Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has praised the invaluable support provided by Marie Curie nurses and volunteers in Orkney and across Scotland as part of this year's Great Daffodil Appeal which seeks to raise funds for frontline services.
In 2021-22, Marie Curie supported over 8,660 people affected by terminal illness in Scotland, through their two hospices and Nursing Service in nearly all local authorities as well as through their Information and Support Service and Helper Companionship Service. During that period, Orkney was supported by three Marie Curie Nurses who helped ensure that 100% of patients supported were able to die in their place of choice.
Orkney's MSP is encouraging the local community to donate towards the Great Daffodil Appeal to ensure everyone affected by terminal illness can access the support they need to have dignity at the end of life. Mr McArthur is also due to chair a member's debate in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday marking Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal 2023.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said:
"Marie Curie nurses and volunteers in Orkney and across the country provide a truly invaluable service for those affected by terminal illness. I know having spoken to many families who have drawn on their support in Orkney that their feedback has always been full of praise.
"Their work would not be possible, of course, without the continued generosity of the public. Marie Curie needs £250,000 per week to support their frontline services and that demand will only increase in the years ahead as Scotland faces an increasingly ageing population.
"I'm proud to wear my daffodil in support of this year's appeal and would encourage everyone to chip in towards such a worthy cause. Everyone deserves the opportunity for comfort, choice and dignity at the end of life."