A CANCER care charity has thanked people in Aireborough and Wharfedale for supporting this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

Marie Curie’s big annual fundraiser took place throughout March and saw collections and other events held across the country.

Nurse Susan Ebbage was delighted with the amount that was raised locally.

She said: “I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who came out in force come rain, hail and shine to support the Great Daffodil Appeal collections across West Yorkshire.

“Volunteers encourage people to make donations and sport the charity’s iconic daffodil pin to help Marie Curie nurses like me provide care and support to more people living with a terminal illness.

“I’m delighted to announce we have raised almost £5,000 from our daffodil collections as part of the appeal in this area. This figure was reached through collections at Morrisons in Yeadon and Guiseley as well as Stephen Smith’s garden centre in Otley.”

She added: “Volunteering and fundraising plays a fundamental role in supporting the nursing service across the region. In 2018-19 Marie Curie nurses cared for more than 4,000 patients in Yorkshire. Across Leeds, nurses made over 700 home visits and delivered almost 7,000 hours of care.”

Leeds-born writer and director Kay Mellor, whose work includes hit TV shows including Band of Gold and Girlfriends, has been helping to raise awareness of the appeal.

She said: “Terminal illness touches every one of us in some way or another during our lives. I’ve witnessed first-hand the work of the nurses and they are simply amazing.”