Nick Smith MP is hoping Blaenau Gwent is blooming for the annual Marie Curie Appeal to provide care for people living with terminal illnesses.

Mr Smith celebrated the launch of the appeal in Parliament this week as daffodil pins become available from shops and volunteers this March.

The money raised will help the charity be there for more people living with any terminal illness, providing them and their loved ones with vital care and support at the most difficult time of their lives.

Eight million daffodil pins are distributed each year, with £86.6 million raised since the campaign began in 1986.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Smith said these campaigns were vital to fundraise for services that may not always be available otherwise.

“Blaenau Gwent has always had a proud history of fundraising for causes such as Marie Curie and the daffodil pin badges are quickly dotted around our streets”, said Mr Smith.

“It’s a small gesture but it means a lot. Not just for the money raised, but to highlight the issues those with terminal illnesses confront.

“We’re proud of organisations such as the Hospice of the Valleys -; who I’m running the London Marathon for – on our doorstep. This is another way to show our appreciation and give help to those who need it.”

Marie Curie offers services for everyone affected by a terminal illness, including those with cancer, dementia, heart or lung disease, and neurological conditions like motor neurone disease.

More than 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.

To find out more about the Great Daffodil Appeal, visitwww.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call free on 0800 304 7025.  You can also text DAFF to 70099 to donate £5.

Editors note: Nick is pictured with Fay Ripley and Marie Curie Nurses Victoria Shodeko and Victoria Oluwalogbon

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