Charitably minded Carnoustie shoppers joined forces with a national charity to bring a little colour to the lives of terminally ill people at the weekend.
Over £500 was raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care by volunteers selling the charity’s distinctive yellow daffodil pins outside the Co-op on Carnoustie High Street on Friday and Saturday.
Those funds will be used to directly help end-of-life care services in the Carnoustie area and will ‘buy’ 25 hours of free professional nursing care at home for someone with any terminal illness, not just cancer.
One of the volunteers was Angus Provost, Councillor Helen Oswald who gave freely of her time and joined the Angus patron for Marie Curie, Petra McMillan.
Mrs Oswald said: “Marie Curie provide a vital service to families in this community and it is my pleasure to support them with this fund-raising drive.
“Many local businesses, including the Co-op recognise the importance of this charity in our town and are selling the daffodils so I would encourage everyone to be part of it and wear their daffodil in March.”
Last year the charity supported 38,777 people with a range of terminal illnesses at home or in one of the UK’s nine hospices.
In this area, Marie Curie has no hospice but instead has a band of dedicated nurses who provide high quality hands on nursing care to patients with a range of terminal conditions at home in their last weeks of life.
Petra was made patron of the charity in 2012 in recognition of her voluntary work and praised the folk from her hometown for their support.
She said: “People in Carnoustie have really got behind us this year. I’d like to thank Helen Oswald, all our volunteers, the local businesses stocking our daffodils and all the people who have parted with a penny to help us paint the town yellow this spring.
“Currently for every one family we can help, we have to turn one away due to lack of funds but thanks to support such as this, we can answer more calls for help from local families in their hour of need.”
For more information about the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.