Christina McKelvie MSP, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, got behind the daffodil to lend her support to the Great Daffodil Appeal at the Scottish Parliament today.

Christina met staff and heard about the work of the charity that last year provided care and support for more than 7,400 people living with a terminal illness in Scotland.

She said: "Everyone should have the right to palliative care when they need it. A terminal illness is frightening and lonely without the need to also have to worry about your care.

"We know that more needs to be done to make sure that the nearly 11,000 people in Scotland that need palliative care have access to it."

 

Christina McKelvie with Susan Lowes, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Marie Curie Scotland

As the integration of health and social care is gaining momentum, with health and social care staff working together to meet people's needs, we all need to make sure that primary, secondary and voluntary sector services work together. The Scottish Government's new National Clinical Strategy for Scotland sets out how we need to shift the focus from the acute to the community and prevent unnecessary admissions and delayed discharges.

Investing in community and specialist palliative care services does exactly this. In fact, the London School of Economics estimates that providing palliative care to those that need it could potentially generate net savings of more than £4 million in Scotland. Working in partnership with the voluntary sector is key to ensuring people get the care that they need, when and where they need it. Your support is vital to ensure this happens.

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie's biggest fundraising campaign which takes place throughout March. The charity asks people to make a donation in return for a daffodil pin. All funds raised help Marie Curie nurses to provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones, in their own homes or at the charities' two Scottish hospices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland said: "We're calling on everyone in Scotland to get behind the daffodil and join Christina in supporting people living with a terminal illness by donating and wearing a daffodil pin. Your support will help us provide more free hands-on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness and their families."