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Laois woman calls for support as Daffodil Day returns for the first time since 2019

Maragert O'Brien Daffodil Day

The public has been urged to give what they can this Daffodil Day in support of crucial services provided by the Irish Cancer Society to patients and their families in Laois.

Collections will be taking place across the county on Friday March 25 in aid of the annual fundraiser.

Local community organiser Margaret O’Brien has been involved with Daffodil Day for over 30 years and this year she will be collecting at the Square in Mountrath on Friday.

“Supporting Daffodil Day is so important for all the people who have been affected by cancer, myself included,” she said.

“We are so grateful for all the support we receive and for people’s generosity.

“We hope that they will continue their support this Friday and I will continue to fundraise for the Irish Cancer Society for as long as I’m able.”

On top of supporting life-changing cancer research, the Irish Cancer Society provides vital services to patients and their families in Laois each year.

Including supporting over 350 counselling sessions, over 160 nights of in-home Night Nursing for patients in their final days, and over 280 Volunteer Driving lifts to get patients safely to and from their hospital appointments in 2021.

As Daffodil Day returns to the streets of Ireland for the first time since 2019 on March 25, the Irish Cancer Society is calling on the public to take part in any way they can to show solidarity and support for anyone affected by cancer.

Every day cancer takes so much from so many families and Daffodil Day is a chance to come together and take something back, giving hope and raising funds so that one day cancer will take no more.

People are being asked to take part and take back from cancer in any way they can this Daffodil Day.

As well as donating at Cancer.ie and volunteering to help fundraise, they can purchase items from the Daffodil Day online shop and take part in a steps challenge.

Irish Cancer Society CEO Averil Power said: “We are so excited to be able to get out on the streets again to see the amazing support the people of Ireland show to anyone affected by cancer.

“Daffodil Day is such a special and hopeful day for our entire community. Throughout the pandemic we’ve been so lucky that people have found innovative ways to support us but we are looking forward to seeing Ireland turn yellow once again on March 25.

“Daffodil Day is our most important fundraising event of the year and the money raised goes directly to funding crucial supports including our Support Line, free counselling, our Night Nurses to provide end of life care, and financial support for families of children affected by cancer. Along with these services, the money raised on Daffodil Day allows us to support life-changing cancer research.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.