TAMWORTH MP, Christopher Pincher, and actor Stephen Mangan have joined forces this March to help Marie Curie provide care and support to more people living with a terminal illness.
Christopher and Marie Curie Ambassador Stephen were pictured together with Marie Curie Rapid Response Healthcare Assistant Patricia McDonnell at the parliamentary event to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign, held every March.
Our local MP pledged their support to the Appeal and is encouraging local people to donate and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins to help fund vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.
Christopher Pincher MP said: “Every five minutes, someone in the United Kingdom dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life. The money raised from the Appeal will help Marie Curie be there for more people living with any terminal illness such as terminal cancer, dementia, heart failure, and motor neurone disease.”
Launched in 1986, the Appeal is crucial in raising much-needed funds to enable the charity to continue to provide nursing and hospice care, fund research and campaign on behalf of everyone affected by terminal illness.
The charity’s free national Support Line now also offers clinical support, enabling anyone with a terminal illness to access a Marie Curie Nurse.
The Information and Support Nurses can answer any clinical questions or concerns people may have, from understanding a diagnosis to explaining treatments, or talking about painful and distressing symptoms.
Actor Stephen Mangan said: “I experienced first-hand the difference they make when they cared for both my mum and later, my dad at home.
“Chances are, we all know someone who’s been affected by a terminal illness. That’s why I’m delighted to be here with Chris to help launch Marie Curie’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal.
“Whether it’s worn in celebration, in solidarity or in memory of a loved one, by donating and wearing a daffodil pin during March, you and thousands of others in Tamworth will help make sure thousands more dying people get the care and support they deserve.”