An array of well known faces have come together to support Marie Curie Cancer Careâ€™s Great Daffodil Appeal this year.
Stephen Fry, Tony Blackburn, Lynda Bellingham, Jon Culshaw, Alison Steadman, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes are among the stars who feature in a short video calling on people to volunteer to raise funds to provide nursing care for terminally ill people in their own homes.
In addition, an associated advertising campaign launched this week and features two radio adverts â€“ one featuring Stephen Fry and another Jane Horrocks. They will be broadcast throughout January on Heart, Smooth Radio, Magic, Classic FM and LBC.
Actor Stephen Mangan, who also features in the video, has personal reasons for supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal. Both his parents died from cancer and were cared for at home by Marie Curie Nurses.
Stephen, best known for his performances in Green Wing and Channel Fourâ€™s Free Agents, said; â€œMost terminally ill people want to be cared for at home, surrounded by their loved ones. Marie Curie Nurses working across the UK make this possible because they provide care, totally free to patients in their own homes.
â€œIâ€™m proud to be supporting the appeal in any way I can and hope the video encourages everyone to give an hour of their time to help, because it really could help someone in their final hours.â€
Each March the charity encourages everyone in the UK to give a donation in return for a daffodil to wear in support of Marie Curie Nurses. All money raised will help Marie Curie Cancer Care provide free nursing care for people with cancer and other terminal illnesses in their own homes and the charityâ€™s hospices.
Marie Curie Cancer Care urgently needs to recruit 20,000 volunteer collectors to help its Great Daffodil Appeal in 2010. The charity is asking for volunteer collectors to give an hour of their time during the Great Daffodil Appeal this February and March to help someone in their final hours.
If you have more time available, there are other ways to get involved. For example, the charity needs help organising the collections, or you could volunteer at your local fundraising office or distributing daffodil boxes to local supporters.
To volunteer for the Great Daffodil Appeal and help Marie Curie Cancer Care provide care for terminally ill people and support for their loved ones, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call the Daffodil Hotline on 0845 601 3107.