MSP and Dumbuck Hotel owner back Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal

Jackie Baillie and Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland, and Susan Lowes, of Marie Curie campaign for Marie Curie’s daffodil appeal while Petra, her sister Gwen, and Tommy McMillan continue to raise funds.

March 14, 2018 – Daffodils are springing up all over the place – but most particularly in the lapels of men’s jackets and women’s coats.

Everyone from politicians to football managers to TV personalities and celebrities is wearing them to let you know they support Marie Curie.

Jackie Baillie MSP is amongst those supporting a call to help improve the lives of people living with terminal illness as Marie Curie’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal gets underway.

Dumbuck Hotel owner Petra McMillan and her sister, Gwen, are also out on the road and in the supermarkets collecting from the evermore generous public.

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign which sees Marie Curie volunteers giving out daffodil pins in return for donations across Scotland in March. For this year’s appeal Marie Curie is asking people in Scotland to raise half a million pounds.

Marie Curie is encouraging people to think about the care they would want at the end of their life. To support people to get realistic, person-centred care when they need it, Marie Curie has launched a free information resource ‘You Matter’. You can download the resource at

Jackie Baillie MSP said: “I am proud to pledge my support for Marie Curie and encourage everyone in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond to get behind the Great Daffodil Appeal this year.

“Every penny raised and every daffodil worn helps fund crucial hours of care for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes and in Marie Curie’s hospices in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

“Improving the quality of palliative care and ensuring that everyone in Scotland has access to services like Marie Curie a vital part of providing dignity at the end of life.”

Dumbuck Hotel owner, super fit Petra McMillan has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, cycled across South America and organised countless functions and fund-raising events for Marie Curie, of which she is a patron.

Having suffered a serious shoulder injury when she fell while out training, she has been hospitalised but is now making a good recovery and is hoping to take part in a sponsored climb to Mount Everest Base Camp later in the year.

Susan Lowes, Marie Curie Policy & Public Affairs Manager Scotland said:  “It is so important that everyone gets the care they need but sadly one in four people in Scotland aren’t getting that care. Marie Curie urgently needs your support so we can reach more people when they need us most.

“We launched You Matter to empower people to play their part in improving end of life care. By involving people in the decisions that affect them we can improve their experience. That means helping avoid unnecessary treatment and reducing the need for them to be admitted to hospital where they often don’t want to be. There’s only one chance to get this right at the end of someone’s life, and everyone matters.”

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign and encourages everyone to give a donation in return for a daffodil pin during March. Money raised helps Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families. Daffodil pins will be available from our volunteers across the country and in Superdrug, Spar and Poundworld stores. For more information call 0800 304 7025* or visit

*Texts cost £5 plus your standard network rate. 98% of your donation is received by Marie Curie. Join in the conversation on twitter using #YouMatter

The resource was created from reflections at an ‘in conversation’ event on how Marie Curie can achieve realistic palliative care with the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Catherine Calderwood, in late 2017.

It covers the simple steps towards person-centred care such a preparing a Power of Attorney, letting loved ones know personal wishes and planning ahead to record the type of care you want and where you want to receive it.

Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness – Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, including Glasgow and Edinburgh, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

For more information visit or call the Marie Curie Support Line free on 0800 090 2309 for confidential support and information on all aspects of terminal illness.

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Petra and Dumbarton Rock

Petra McMillan training in the hills above Dumbarton. Pictures by Bill Heaney

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