Local AM David Melding pledges to “get behind the daffodil” for Marie Curie this February.

South Wales Central AM, David Melding has pledged to encourage constituents to donate and wear their iconic Marie Curie daffodil throughout February and March to help the charity’s Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness.


David Melding joined forces with Marie Curie Nurses Sian Tucker and Rebecca Sharp and nursing service facilitator Gemma Handley at an event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Wednesday 20th February to help launch the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign.


As well lending his support to the appeal, David Melding is also encouraging South Wales West people to help the charity raise more money than ever before by simply giving a donation and wearing a Marie Curie daffodil pin, available from volunteers across Wales, Marie Curie shops, Superdrug, Spar, Hotter Shoes and Wyevale garden centres.


The Great Daffodil appeal is now in its 33rd year and the charity highlighted its Pontypool-based Information and Support Line service during the event. 

Whether you have practical questions or just want someone to talk to, the trained team on the Marie Curie Information and Support Line, based in Pontypool and open to people across Wales and the UK, are here to listen and give you the information you need. The line has recently expanded to include Marie Curie clinical nurse specialists who to support members of the public to better understand treatments and symptoms of terminal illness, giving people reassurance, confidence and comfort.


David Melding said: “Funds raised through the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal help provide care and support to people at a time when they need it the most, be that through a Marie Curie nurse at home or in a hospice, or by speaking to the charity’s Information and Support line. I hope the people of Wales will join me in supporting people affected by terminal illness across the country by proudly wearing their Marie Curie daffodil throughout February and March.”


Simon Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Wales, for Marie Curie, added: “To have the support of David Melding makes a huge difference to Marie Curie. With their help we are able to raise awareness about what we do and reach more people who need us.


“Our services rely on charitable donations, so I’d like to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone who gives a donation and wears a daffodil pin this February and March. The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones, in homes across Wales, as well as in the charity’s Cardiff & the Vale Hospice in Penarth.”


Awards were also presented to volunteers from across Wales for their dedication and support of Marie Curie.


To volunteer for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal and give out the charity’s daffodils pins in return for donations visit mariecurie.org.uk/collect or call free on 0800 304 7025.


Picture caption: David Melding pictured with Marie Curie Nurses Sian Tucker and Rebecca Sharp and nursing service facilitator Gemma Handley


For media enquiries, please contact: Rachel Moses-Lloyd, Senior Media & PR Officer (Wales) on 02920 426053 or rachel.moses-lloyd@mariecurie.org.uk

Notes to editors

For more information please contact Rachel Moses-Lloyd, 029 2042 6053


Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness 

  • Please note – we are now called ‘Marie Curie’ (not Marie Curie Cancer Care) 
  • Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance.  Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS. 
  • If you are in need of support, or have any questions about any aspect of terminal illness, call the Marie Curie Information & Support Line free on 0800 090 2309 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/help.
  • * Source: ONS (2018), 2016-based National Population projections, 2016-2041 projections and based on the Palliative Care Funding Review, July 2011. English data.


The Great Daffodil Appeal

About the Great Daffodil Appeal

  • The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, held every March.
  • Every donation and daffodil worn helps Marie Curie provide vital care for people living with a terminal illness and support for their families.
  • 8 million daffodil pins are distributed each year.
  • £6 million was raised last year and £114 million total raised since the campaign began in 1986.
  • Over 2,000 Marie Curie Nurses work across the country in people’s homes and the charity’s nine hospices, providing 1.2 million hours of nursing care every year.
  • Daffodil pins are available from volunteers on high streets across the country. Marie Curie shops, and stores including Superdrug, Spar, Hotter and Wyevale Garden Centres.
  • Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0800 304 7025 for more information.