October 9, 2008

Laura Plants a Daffodil to Raise Cash for Cancer Care


THOUSANDS of green-fingered children across Northern Ireland have been busy planting daffodils to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Children at Over the Rainbow Nursery in Belfast are among the young people taking part in the Mini Pots of Care initiative, run in partnership with Yellow Pages directories.

In total, over 5,600 children have been given their own mini pot to plant daffodil bulbs in during the autumn term.

The children will learn how to care for the bulb and, when the daffodils bloom in spring, they will paint their pot and take it home to somebody they care about in return for a small donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Last year participating schools and groups across Northern Ireland raised Pounds 42,000. This is equivalent to 2,100 hours of high quality nursing care provided totally free of charge by Marie Curie Nurses, giving terminally ill patients the choice of dying at home, supported by their families.

Across the UK, the initiative has involved 716,735 children since it was first launched in 2005 and has helped to raise Pounds 1.2m for the charity to date.

Laura Christie, manager at Over the Rainbow Nursery, said: "The children have really enjoyed planting their own daffodils. By taking part in this fun and educational activity, the whole nursery has been learning about the important work of the Marie Curie Nursing Service."

Yellow Pages' support for Mini Pots of Care ensures that every pound raised through fundraising activity goes directly to the work of the Marie Curie Nurses.

The initiative is also supported by Homebase, who donate all materials for the Mini Pots of Care planting kits, and leading UK parcels carrier City Link, who co-ordinate the distribution and delivery of the kits to schools and groups free of charge.

For further information, visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk/ minipotsofcare

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