As part of our annual Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s 7-foot-tall (two metre) Great Big Daffodil, is travelling more than 1,000 miles through eight towns and cities across the UK, and will be at the Touchwood Shopping Centre, next Thursday 5th and Friday 6th March, giving everyone the opportunity to share their personal memories and stories behind the daffodil pin they wear.
Prince Charles was the first to sign one of the Daffodil’s petals when he visited Marie Curie’s Cardiff and the Vale hospice in Wales last week. We’ve heard some amazing stories so far, and expect we’ll gather more during its time in the West Midlands.
Here’s some more info about how Marie Curie helps people in the Midlands:
The Marie Curie Hospice, West Midlands, supports more than 2,000 people each year across Birmingham and Solihull who are living with a life limiting illness, and their families. In addition to the people supported in the hospice, Marie Curie Nurses provides care to people in their own homes, ensuring they are comfortable and able to spend their final moments in the place they want to be, surrounded by their loved ones.
The Hospice Team includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, bereavement counsellors and many more. They are supported by 200+ volunteers who play a vital role in the running of the hospice. Some of our patients stay in our 24-bed in-patient unit, where relatives and friends can visit any time of the day and can stay overnight with their loved ones. The Day Therapy Unit offers outpatient clinics and a wide range of therapies and specialised support, including groups for patients with specific conditions.
It costs £11,313 per day to run the Hospice and its services – so people can get this care for free. Supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal enables Marie Curie to continue to provide this care for people with terminal illness and their families in the West Midlands.