AN MP has joined actor Stephen Mangan to launch Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

Weaver Vale’s Mike Amesbury and charity ambassador and Green Wing star Stephen attended a launch event of the annual fundraiser, which helps Marie Curie provide care and support to more people living with a terminal illness.

Mike said: “Every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life. The money raised from the appeal will help Marie Curie be there for more people living with any terminal illness such as terminal cancer, dementia, heart failure, and motor neurone disease.”

The charity funds nursing and hospice care, research, and a support line of clinical support, enabling anyone with a terminal illness to access a Marie Curie nurse.

Stephen said: “I experienced first-hand the difference they make when they cared for both my mum and later, my dad at home. Chances are, we all know someone who’s been affected by a terminal illness. That’s why I’m delighted to be here with Mike to help launch Marie Curie’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal.

“Whether its worn in celebration, in solidarity or in memory of a loved one, by donating and wearing a daffodil pin during March, you and thousands of others in Weaver Vale will help make sure thousands more dying people get the care and support they deserve.”

Daffodil pins will be available from high streets across the country, Marie Curie shops and stores including Superdrug, Spar, Hotter Shoes and Wyevale Garden Centres.