MARIE CURIE nurses and family of patients from Solihull were on hand to launch this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal in the region.
Tracy Inman’s mum was cared for by the Marsh Lane hospice and she was one of the first people to add a special tribute to a giant daffodil, which will be in Grand Central until Thursday (March 7).
This year’s appeal is focusing on the stories behind why people wear their daffodil pins.
The charity says that creating and sharing happy memories can help people prepare for bereavement and cope better with the loss of someone to a terminal illness.
Tracy said: “They not only looked after my mum but the whole family as soon as we first walked through the door and they were wonderful in supporting my eldest son Tyler, who received support from the child bereavement services too.
“Everyone at the hospice is so passionate and I class us as being one of the lucky ones, knowing that my mum received such amazing and personal care right up to the day she died.
“The work that Marie Curie does is incredible and I wear my daffodil with pride to remember my mum during the Great Daffodil Appeal and it is a brilliant idea to have the Great Big Daffodil, which gives people an opportunity to leave a message or tribute to the people in their lives they want to remember.
“I wish my mum was still here but she’ll never be forgotten and will always be a part of our family.”
Research for the charity found the majority of people find comfort in remembering happy memories of loved ones who have died (68 per cent).
It also found taking a moment to reflect, sharing memories with family and friends, and cherishing special keepsakes were the top three ways people chose to honour the memories of loved ones who’ve died.
After adding a tribute onto the Great Big Daffodil, Kim Fowler, a clinical nurse manager for Marie Curie in Solihull said:
“It really is a privilege to hear people sharing their memories of people they have lost.
“I love working for Marie Curie and manage a team of 54 nurses and health care assistants who provide overnight care and support to people in their homes across six areas including Birmingham, Solihull, Walsall and Warwickshire.
“One of the main reasons I wanted to work for the charity was after they supported my friend towards the end of her life at their old hospice in Solihull.
“The care she received was invaluable to her at the time and I’m proud to wear my daffodil to show who I work for and in memory of my friend.”
The Great Big Daffodil’s journey will culminate with each petal, full of messages and photos from each city, at an event in London on March 20 to celebrate the memories and talk about how important memories are when grieving.
For more visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil
Share a memory using #everydaffodil.
To Donate £5 to Marie Curie, text DAFF to 70111.