Belfast 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 Castlecourt Shopping Centre on Friday 13 March, 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 1,000 miles through eight towns and cities across the UK, gives everyone the opportunity to share their personal memories and stories behind the daffodil pin they wear. 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.
Marie Curie provides care and support to people at end of life across Northern Ireland. Last year, the charity supported over 4,500 people living with a terminal illness, their carers and loved ones in their homes and through the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast. The money raised by the Great Daffodil Appeal will ensure that more people can access Marie Curies vital services.
Kevin Doonan, from Belfast visited the Great Big Daffodil last year. He said:
“Last year I attended the Great Big Daffodil in Castlecourt and was the first person to share my memory of mum on one of the petals. Marie Curie cared for my mum in her final days and I’ll be forever grateful. By supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal, it gave me such a sense of purpose during the time after my mums passing. It connected me with other individuals experiencing the feelings that come from losing a loved one and made me feel less lonely.”
Anne McRoberts, Marie Curie Fundraising Manager for Northern Ireland said:
“The people of Belfast are great supporters of Marie Curie and the services we provide here. Without them we could not give vital care to people with terminal illness and support their families. Every year thousands of people in Northern Ireland 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 Castlecourt Shopping Centre, upstairs beside the foodcourt from 9am-6pm on Friday 13 March.
People can also take part on social media using @MarieCurieNI and follow the journey of the Great Big Daffodil at mariecurie.org.uk/greatbigdaffodil