Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 15.45.40Marie Curie will close the 30th anniversary of the Great Daffodil Appeal in style with a bumper street colletion in Newcastle City Centre.

And to celebrate the collections in the North East, a giant Daffodil mascot will appear at the top of Grey’s Monument.

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign and encourages everyone to give a donation and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins during March.

The appeal has raised £80.4m since it first took place in 1986 and the money has enabled Marie Curie to provide more free hands-on care and emotional support to people with a terminal illness and their families.

As part of the campaign volunteers encourage people in the local community to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin, with collections taking place across the whole of the North East and Cumbria in town centres, supermarkets and local shops.

Katie Searles, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie in the North East, said: “The Great Daffodil Appeal makes it possible for Marie Curie Nurses to provide free hands-on care for people with a terminal illness. Every March millions of people across the UK show their support for our work by simply giving a donation to wear a daffodil pin

“We are really excited to go out with a bang in Newcastle, and would like to thank the City Council for allowing our mascot to get the top of one of the North East’s prime landmarks.”

Marie Curie Newcastle has recently launched the Costa Rica Trek to raise money for the hospice. For more information visit https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/charity-events/hospice-treks/trek-costa-rica-marie-curie-newcastle