Hever Castle supports Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal 2022

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March 08 2022 | Castle Garden

Great Daffodil Appeal

Hever Castle has joined with charity Marie Curie to support its Great Daffodil Appeal at its Dazzling Daffodil event this Spring.

Visitors can donate to the appeal if they prebook their tickets to Hever Castle & Gardens online or buy their daffodil pins on site.

There will also be special daffodil cupcakes for sale in the Restaurants costing £2 with the sales from the sweet treats going to Marie Curie.

Held every Spring, the Great Daffodil Appeal is when millions of people across the UK come together to volunteer, fundraise, donate and wear a daffodil pin so that Marie Curie Nurses can give vital care to people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Faye Kelly, Head of Visitor Services at Hever Castle: “We are delighted to be partnering with Marie Curie during our Dazzling Daffodils event. The support they give to the terminally ill and their families in invaluable and we hugely proud to have them here at Hever Castle, promoting the charity and the work that they do.”

Nurse Daly, a Registered Nurse at the Marie Curie Hospice, Liverpool, said: “Being a Marie Curie nurse is not like any other job in the health sector because it’s about taking care of terminally ill patients. It’s about making their time a priority and also comfortable for them to live their last days and hours in peace and with dignity.”

“It’s very important to support the Great Daffodil Appeal as we need more people to know about the work of Marie Curie and raise as much funds to help continue with the work we do. It takes a lot of resources to provide this care, so the support and funding is very important.”

“For me, being at a person’s bedside in their final hours is a privilege. My daffodil is for better end of life care.”

As well as discovering more about Marie Curie, visitors are invited to get up close and personal and find out more about the different varieties of the humble narcissi as part of Hever Castle’s fourth Dazzling Daffodils event (14-20 March).

Hever Castle has once again teamed up with bulb expert Johnny Walkers who along with Head Gardener Neil Miller will be giving tours and talks on the 14 – 18 March.

Visitors can see thousands of new daffodils and there will be a couple of unusual varieties this year. Look out for a smaller bright yellow daffodil called ‘Quail’ from Taylors Bulbs as well as the white ‘Tullybeg’.

Woodland Walk (just off Lake Walk) will be opened so that an additional 25 acres of outside space is available. Ancient daffodils were discovered just three years ago in this woodland area and confirmed by daffodil expert Johnny Walkers to be N. Telemonius Plenus. See if you can find them!

About Marie Curie:

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity. The charity provides essential frontline nursing and hospice care for people with any terminal illness, a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death, and bereavement. It is the largest charity funder of palliative and end of life care research in the UK. Marie Curie is committed to sharing its expertise to improve quality of care and ensuring that everyone has a good end of life experience. Marie Curie is calling for recognition and sustainable funding of end of life care and bereavement support.

Marie Curie’s annual flagship fundraising appeal, the Great Daffodil Appeal is taking place throughout March. The money raised helps to support the charity’s nurses, doctors, and hospice staff so they can continue giving expert care to people at the end of life, and their families.

Donations also support its Information and Support line, which provides a listening ear to people dealing with any aspect of dying, death, and bereavement. Last year Marie Curie provided direct support to more than 69,000 people – a 15% rise on the previous year – which is more than ever before.

For more information on how to fundraise or donate this March, visit: mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil

During the Great Daffodil Appeal the annual National Day of Reflection will take place. On 23 March, the charity is encouraging everyone to wear a daffodil pin and take a moment to show their support for the millions of people bereaved during the pandemic and remember the people we’ve lost.

Join the minute’s silence at midday and find out more ways you can get involved at mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection