Terminal illness charity, Marie Curie is appealing for volunteers to give two hours of their time to hand out its iconic daffodil pins, in return for donations.

The charity is hoping to get more people than ever wearing the daffodil pin during its annual fundraiser, the Great Daffodil Appeal next month.

The money raised will help Marie Curie Nurses be there for more people living with a terminal illness, providing them with vital one-to-one nursing care and support in their own homes.

The charity's community fundraiser for Cornwall, Lynda Thomas, said: “Volunteering to collect donations in return for daffodil pins is a fun and easy way to get involved in the local community. You can collect with a friend or partner and know that you are helping Marie Curie be there when we are needed most.

“Chances are, we all know someone who’s been affected by a terminal illness. And it’s heartbreaking that not everyone gets the care and support they need to live their final days with dignity, in the place they want to be. Our nurses care for people in their own homes, providing one-to-one care overnight and support for family members. And we’re always here with expert information, guidance or just a shoulder to lean on.

"Every daffodil helps us care for more people – this is what makes the Great Daffodil Appeal so important.”

Sisters Sian and Sarah will both be volunteering for the Great Daffodil Appeal after their mother, Shirley, was cared for by Marie Curie before her death from stomach cancer in January 2017.

“When Marie Curie was looking after our mum, the nurses were kind, caring and patient and nothing was too much trouble," said Sian. "Without Marie Curie, I don’t think we would have got through the last few weeks of mum’s life as well as we did. We will be forever in debt to Marie Curie, and we cannot thank them enough. Volunteering to collect is a great way for us to start to give back to the charity. It’s what mum would want.”

Anyone able to volunteer two hours to the Great Daffodil Appeal or wanting to find out more should visit mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil; call free on 0800 304 7025; or contact the Cornwall fundraising office on 01872 260500.