Daffodil Day tomorrow to raise funds for Irish Cancer Society

Henrietta Strickland
March 24, 2019

Join us in the Iveagh Gardens on Daffodil Day tomorrow from 12 pm for our Garden of Hope event.

Chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society, Averil Power, said: "News like this shows the positive difference cancer research is making for Irish people".

That means we need to raise €4 million today to meet increased demand for services such as our night nurses, volunteer drivers to bring patients to chemotherapy and lifesaving cancer research.

Last year, 35 terminally ill cancer patients in Longford received 148 nights of care, allowing them to remain at home during their final days. Services include Night Nursing, a service that supports terminally ill cancer patients to stay at home during their final days. The night nurse ensures the patient and their family members are supported during this hard time. People of Longford have always been generous in their support of Daffodil Day, but with more people being diagnosed with cancer, we need to ramp up our efforts to ensure they get the help they need. I do my best to create a supportive and calm atmosphere at a very hard time.

"And if they don't work, the outcome is heart-breaking. Donations on Daffodil Day make this possible".

Marie Toole is one of more than 100 local Daffodil Day volunteers who will be out in force in Mullingar and surrounding areas today, Friday March 22, for the Irish Cancer Society's biggest fundraiser of the year. "We are delighted that SumUp have donated the units to us for use, and that the people of Drogheda can donate to volunteers with a quick tap of their bank card and help ensure no one has to face cancer alone".

"More than 100 volunteers will be located throughout the town of Daffodil Day selling daffodil pins, silks, badges, and fresh daffodils and we hope that everyone will give generously to this worthy cause", a committee spokesperson said.

The annual collection day is now in its 32nd year and while it has become a huge nationwide event where everyone in Ireland comes together in support, this year, the Irish diaspora and those all over the world with a connection to Ireland are being called on to join in and support friends and family affected by cancer back home. Over six years Boots Ireland have raised over €1.4m for the Night Nursing service.

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