VOLUNTEERS across Wirral are being urged to come forward to help Marie Curie hand out the charity's iconic daffodil pins to the community.

Residents would need to give just two hours of their time to hand out daffodil's in return for donations.

Marie Curie hope to get more people than ever to wear the daffodil pin during its annual fundraiser the 'Great Daffodil Appeal' this March.

According to the charity, one in four people currently don't receive the care and support they need at the end of their life.

And with the population getting older demand on Marie Curie's services is set to increase.

Donations from the appeal will help more people living with terminal illness to provide them and their loved ones with vital care and support.

Marie Curie community fundraiser Katy Armitage 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.

"We’re always here with expert information, guidance or just a shoulder to lean on via our support line.

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

Sisters Sian and Sarah will both volunteer for the appeal this year in memory of their mum Shirley who was cared for by Marie Curie before she passed away with stomach cancer last year.

Sian said: “When Marie Curie was looking after our mum, the nurses were kind, caring and patient and nothing was too much trouble.

"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.

“The best thing about volunteering to collect is definitely meeting people. People will stop for a chat and tell you about their experiences of how Marie Curie helped them.

"I really like doing it together with my sister, although we can get a bit competitive over how much we’ve raised.”

Anyone willing to volunteer for the Great Daffodil Appeal call Katy Armitage on 0161 255 2800 or email katy.armitage@mariecurie.org.uk