St Mary's lighthouse lit yellow for daffodil appeal

St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay has been illuminated yellow as part of Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal.

Credit: Marie Curie

The lighthouse was lit up last night to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the campaign. It encourages people to donate and wear one of the charity's daffodil pins during March.

Marie Curie to provides hands-on care and emotional support to people with a terminal illness and their families. The appeal has raised £80.4m since it first took place in 1986.

North Tyneside Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn and Marie Curie campaigners Credit: Marie Curie

Charlotte Campbell, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie in the North East, said:

The Great Daffodil Appeal makes it possible for Marie Curie Nurses to provide free hands-on care for people with a terminal illness. Every March millions of people across the UK show their support for our work by simply giving a donation to wear a daffodil pin."

– Charlotte Campbell

Whitley Bay Fundraising Group member Debra Mitchell went to see St Mary’s Lighthouse last night, a year since her sister Janet passed away in the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle.

Thursday is a poignant day for myself & my family.

It'll be a year to the day that Janet died in the hospice. Instead of it being a sad day I now have something to look forward to.”

– Debra Mitchell