I joined forces with comedy actor Stephen Mangan and Healthcare Assistance Patricia McDonnell this week to raise awareness for Marie Curie to help them provide support to more people living with a terminal illness.
Stephen is a Marie Curie Ambassador, both of his parents unfortunately passed away from cancer. His parents both received assistance from the charity so Marie Curie is a charity close to his heart.
The event in Parliament was aimed at launching the 'great daffodil appeal' their biggest annual fundraiser, encouraging people to donate and wear one of the charity daffodil pins. 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.
While many people have seen the daffodils, many people do not know what day to day help and support Marie Curie provide, from Support Nurses in hospitals to providing benefit and care advice to offering hospice and home assistance. You can find out more by visiting www.mariecurie.org.uk or call their helpline on 0800 716 146.
I'll be wearing my daffodil with pride this month, I hope to see many local residents supporting the charity too!