SATURDAY’S sunshine boosted a charity collection in Shoreham, with funds up by more than 50 per cent on last year.
Adur East Lions supported Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Great Daffodil Appeal 2104 by collecting at Shoreham Farmers’ Market.
The appeal is made every March and it has raised more than £70 million since it was started in 1986.
Last year, the cancer charity chose Lions Clubs British Isles and Ireland to be its first official partner for the appeal, to help reach a target of £1 million over three years.
Doreen Young, Adur East Lions’ daffodil appeal co-ordinator, said this year’s collection had been a great success.
The Lions donned giant floral hats for the occasion and they sold daffodil pin badges to shoppers in East Street.
Mrs Young added: “We had a lovely sunny day for our collection and a big thank you must go to the local residents of Shoreham.
“Through their generosity, we raised an incredible £875. 40, which was £300 up on our collection last year.”
From the money collected, £20 provides one hour of nursing care in a terminally ill person’s home.
Patients can get a Marie Curie nurse through their district nurse, who co-ordinates care at home, or via their doctor’s surgery.
Mrs Young added: “Nurses are provided completely free of charge to their patients and their families.
“With our support, it helps Marie Curie nurses to provide free hands-on care for terminally ill people in our community.”
The charity covers 95 per cent of the UK and it helps terminally ill people to remain at home, if they wish.
The core service is one-to-one overnight nursing from a registered nurse or senior healthcare assistant in a patient’s home, usually for eight or nine hours.