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Marie Curie Cancer Care daffodils – 1

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005In 1990 Marie Curie Cancer Care started promoting National Daffodil Day as a fund-raising event early in April each year.  Initially, according to the Balham & Tooting Guardian of 5 April 1990:  ‘Millions of the spring blooms will be given away around the U.K. in exchange for a donation for Marie Curie Cancer Care.  It is hoped to raise more than £200,000.  The daffodil [Narcissus cv.] has been adopted by Marie Curie as a symbol of hope and life, as a reminder of the many positive developments in cancer care, treatment and research.’

The daffodil has also been taken up as a symbol by other cancer charities, including the Canadian and Irish Cancer Societies, and societies in Australia and Norway.

In recent years artificial daffodils which can be pinned to clothing have replaced fresh flowers.

Image:  Marie Curie Cancer Care daffodil seller, Charing Cross station, London, 3 March 2015.

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