To launch Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal, actor Maureen Lipman, currently starring in Coronation Street, the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor June Hitchen joined comedian Paul Chuckle as he added a special tribute to his brother onto a petal of the ‘Great Big Daffodil’ today.
The charity says that creating and sharing happy memories can help people prepare for bereavement and cope better with the loss of someone to a terminal illness.
The striking super-sized daffodil is in Manchester this weekend, one of six cities in the UK the Great Big Daffodil will visit during the Great Daffodil Appeal this March.
The seven-foot-tall flower is on a 1,500-mile journey visiting Swansea, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Edinburgh between 22nd February to 15th March.
Marie Curie provides care and support to people living with a terminal illness, and this March around eight million people across the UK will choose to wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins for the Great Daffodil Appeal.
Launched in 1986, the Appeal is crucial in raising much-needed funds to enable the charity to continue providing nursing and hospice care, a freephone support line and information for people living with any terminal illness such as terminal cancer, dementia, heart failure, and motor neurone disease.
During this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal the charity is focusing on the stories behind why people wear their daffodil pins. People can visit the Great Big Daffodil to remember those who have been special to them and share the story behind their daffodil – #everydaffodil.
Research for the charity found the majority of people find comfort in remembering happy memories of loved ones who have died (68%), our memories help us feel more connected to them (48%) and we enjoy reminiscing (44%). It also found taking a moment to reflect (53%), sharing memories with family and friends (46%), and cherishing special keepsakes (30%) were the top three ways people chose to honour the memories of loved ones who’ve died.*
Maureen and Paul’s tributes are some of many heartfelt messages being placed on the Great Big Daffodil.
After writing a tribute to her friend Stanley on the Great Big Daffodil in Manchester, Maureen Lipman said:
“The Great Big Daffodil is giving people the chance to share their story, write their memory down and feel a bit better. On the way here I found out about the death of my good friend Stanley and my tribute is to him today.
“I’m pleased to be able to share my memory and wear my pin along with millions of others to support the brilliant work Marie Curie does supporting people with terminal illness and their families.”
After writing a message to his brother Barry at the Great Big Daffodil in Manchester, Paul Chuckle said:
“It’s just over six months since Barry died and I think about him every day. We worked together for 55 years and I feel like he is still beside me. It can be hard sometimes but my memories of Barry and the memories other people share with me do help.
“Marie Curie supported my brother at the end of his life and I’m grateful that I’m able to get behind the Great Daffodil Appeal and wear my daffodil pin.
“My message on the Great Big Daffodil is a tribute to Barry as a great brother and great comedian. I hope that lots of people share their own stories, wear a daffodil and donate to help Marie Curie continue to support people living with a terminal illness and their families.”