Welsh shoppers will be able to take a moment to share tributes and memories of a loved one on a ‘Great Big Daffodil’ that will be visiting St David’s Shopping Centre in Cardiff on Friday 28 February and Saturday 29 February and Cwmbran Centre on Thursday 27 February, as part of Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal.
The 7-foot-tall (2 metre) Great Big Daffodil, which is travelling over 1000 miles through seven towns and cities across the UK, gives everyone the opportunity to share their personal memories and stories behind the daffodil pin they wear. Last week HRH The Prince of Wales was the first to sign one of the Daffodil’s petals when he visited Marie Curie’s Cardiff and the Vale hospice.
Members of the public will also be able to share a special moment from the end of a loved one’s life, to help create a national picture of the moments that matter most to people during the end of life experience and care.
Visitors to the Great Big Daffodil will also be able to pick up one of the charity’s iconic daffodil pins as well as take time to reflect, remember and pay tribute to those who have been special to them. They can write messages on the pages of each petal of the Great Big Daffodil as well as speak to one of the Marie Curie team.
Marie Curie is a charity which provides care and support to people with terminal illness’ and their families, and every March the Great Daffodil Appeal calls on people to donate and wear one of Marie Curie’s daffodil pins to help fund vital care and support for people living with terminal illness. In Cardiff the appeal helps fund the charity’s Cardiff and the Vale Hospice and community nursing services across Wales.
Marie Curie Nurses, fundraisers and supporters will be visiting the Great Big Daffodil while it is in Wales, along with local dignitaries and celebrity supporters.
Hannah Leckie, community fundraiser at Marie Curie said:
“People in Cardiff are great supporters of Marie Curie and the services we provide here. Without them our nurses could not give vital care to people with terminal illness and support their families. Every year thousands of people in and around Cardiff donate and wear a daffodil, often in memory of or in tribute to a loved one. During this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal, they will be able to visit the Great Big Daffodil and take a moment to reflect and remember the person behind their daffodil and their cherished time together.”
The Great Big Daffodil will be in St David’s Shopping Centre between 9.30am – 7pm on Friday 28 February and Saturday 29 February and at Cwmbran Centre 9.00am – 5:30pm on Thursday.