TERMINAL illness charity Marie Curie has said that the extreme weather conditions brought by Storm Emma could hamper fundraising efforts, as it kicks off its biggest annual appeal.

The Great Daffodil Appeal, which runs throughout March, sees thousands of volunteer collectors across the UK hitting the streets to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pins in exchange for donations. But while the appeal is usually accompanied by the first signs of spring, heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures have meant many volunteers are unable to make it to their collections, with would-be donors staying home rather than braving the high street.

Across Wales, 130 collections were booked to take place this week.

In light of the extreme weather, the charity is highlighting the many ways to get involved in the appeal, which includes donating online, and reminding people to pick up their daffodil later in the month once the weather improves.

Jacquelyn Lucas, Great Daffodil Appeal manager for Marie Curie said:

“We’re really excited to be kicking off this year’s appeal but the extreme weather is certainly proving a challenge. We are worried that it will have an impact on our fundraising.

“We hope that as many collections are able go ahead as possible but I know that our amazing volunteer collectors always go the extra mile for us, so I would also ask that they keep themselves safe and warm if there are extreme conditions where they are.”

The money raised from the appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses be there for more people living with a terminal illness. Marie Curie Nurses visit people in their own homes to give one-to-one care, and support those looking after them – helping families and carers to make the most of the time they have together. The charity also provides practical information and support, funds research and campaigns for more people to have access to high quality, personalised care wherever and whenever they need it.

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

To find out more about the Great Daffodil Appeal, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call free on 0800 304 7025.