Marie Curie forced to called all its collections in Sheffield due to coronavirus

Terminal illness charity, Marie Curie, has announced that all of its upcoming public collections in Sheffield will be cancelled “due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.”

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 9:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th March 2020, 1:29 pm

The collections are part of the nationwide Great Daffodil Appeal, which runs throughout March, and usually sees hundreds of volunteer collectors across Sheffield hitting high streets and supermarkets to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pins in exchange for donations.

Meredith Niles, Executive Director of Fundraising and Engagement at Marie Curie, said: “It is with great disappointment that we have decided to cancel all of our Great Daffodil Appeal public collections due to COVID-19 as well as a number of other fundraising events that were due to take place over the coming weeks and months – a decision which has not been taken lightly.

“The health and safety of our dedicated volunteers and staff is of utmost importance. We are extremely grateful to the thousands of people who signed up to collect for us, without whom the Great Daffodil Appeal would not exist.

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“Where possible, we hope to be able to re-schedule collections and events for later in the year, and would like to thank all our volunteers, supporters, corporate partners and staff for their ongoing support at this challenging time.”

With over 2200 collections across the country cancelled with immediate effect, Marie Curie has estimated that it will lose £1 million from these vital collections alone – with further losses coming from many other cancelled fundraising activities and events.