Marie Curie’s daffodil gang call for new recruits after smashing £140k mark

A VOLUNTEER group who have raised more than £140,000 to support people with terminal illness are appealing for new helpers to boost an annual drive for donations.

Rotherham Fundraising Group are celebrating passing the £140,000 mark for Marie Curie — 12 years on from their formation.

All of the money they have raised has gone goes towards giving care and support to people in Rotherham with a terminal illness and their families.

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The group marked the milestone with a celebration in Brecks, along with Rotherham Marie Curie nurse Helen Preece and community fundraiser Rebecca Bramley.

Rebecca said: “All of the members are completely voluntary. It shows just how amazing they are to give up their time to raise such a huge amount of money for the charity.

“They do a wonderful job from hosting collections in local supermarkets, putting out daffodil boxes and tins in local shops, having a fundraising presence at local fayres and organising events such as auctions or tea parties to name but a few.

“They work so tirelessly and I’m so pleased to be able to celebrate this milestone with them this year.”

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Now the group, which has funded 7,000 hours of nursing care, is turning its attention to the annual Great Daffodil Appeal, which is now up and running.

Fundraisers across the country will be donning the giant yellow top hats in supermarkets for the appeal — Marie Curie’s flagship fundraiser, which has now been running for 37 years.

The charity is appealing for for volunteers in Rotherham to give two hours of their time to hand out the charity’s yellow daffodil pins in return for donations.

Rebecca added: “The Great Daffodil Appeal is my favourite time of the year and is a brilliant and fun way to support Marie Curie.

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“Volunteers are so important to us and we’re calling on the people of Rotherham to once again give a couple of hours of their time, don a big yellow hat and help us raise as much money as we can.

“Collecting couldn’t be simpler and our amazing team will support you from the moment you sign-up to volunteer, making sure you have everything you need to encourage the public to donate and wear one of our iconic daffodil pins.

“All the money raised will help Marie Curie continue to provide vital end of life care for terminally-ill people and their families during their final days, weeks and months.”

To sign-up to volunteer to collect for the Great Daffodil Appeal in Yorkshire, visit or call Rebecca on 07525 392984.