Ruth Maguire MSP lent her support to Marie Curie’s big fundraising appeal month, the Great Daffodil Appeal, speaking at a debate in Scottish Parliament.  

Marie Curie supported over 7,500 people in Scotland last year through their hospices, nursing care and support services. In West Scotland last year, Marie Curie Nurses made over 6,800 visits to care for terminally ill people in their own homes. 

Everyone donating and wearing a daffodil pin in March helps Marie Curie provide vital care for people living with a terminal illness and support for their families. Marie Curie hopes to raise £700,000 this Great Daffodil Appeal. 

Ruth Maguire MSP said:“In 2018, 1,735 people died in North Ayrshire. Around 1,300 of those folk needed palliative care. Marie Curie nurses provided support for more than 95 per cent of those patients—and there are only 11 Marie Curie nurses in North Ayrshire. 

“I want to thank all the Marie Curie nurses and healthcare assistants in Ayrshire and throughout Scotland, who do a wonderful job of providing care and comfort to people in their final days. Life matters, from the first day to the very last day, and everyone can play their part.

“I am proud to tell members about the volunteers of Marie Curie’s Irvine and district fundraising group, which has helped to raise around £6,000 a year since 2015.

“The hard-working volunteers give up their time to organise local events and activities and to support local people, clubs and organisations in fundraising.”

The MSP joined Marie Curie’s Irvine and District volunteers to assist with fundraising and find out about the vast amount of effort put into their work to bring in much needed financial support for the charity.

Richard Meade, Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland at Marie Curie said: “Thank you to Ruth Maguire MSP for her support. 

“Whether you wear a daffodil pin in celebration, in solidarity or in memory of a loved one, you are joining with millions of others to help make sure all dying people get the care and support they deserve.”

Donate and wear your daffodil now. Visit, SEARCH ‘Marie Curie Daffodil’ or text DAFF to 70099 to donate £5*. *Texts cost £5 plus your standard network rate. Marie Curie receives 98% of your donation.