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Make it a goal to back the 'daff '.

AS we head further into March, many clubs are hoping they will be celebrating promotion in a few months' time and Boro fans will be no different. March is also a major month for the charity Marie Curie, which this year celebrates the 30th anniversary of its annual Great Daffodil Appeal.

The fundraising appeal encourages people to "get behind the daff " by giving a donation and wearing the charity's daffodil pin. The appeal is backed by many in the football community with a number of Premier League and Football League managers also wearing a daffodil pin throughout March.

The appeal has raised more than PS73m since it launched in 1986 and the money raised will help Marie Curie nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.

As a long-time supporter of Marie Curie and a football man through and through, I would like to encourage football fans in my home town of Middlesbrough to support the appeal in any way they can this March.

I have first-hand experience of the unbelievable work Marie Curie nurses do. My mum was one of life's characters; always out and about in the local social clubs, having a laugh. About a year before she died, she became housebound and stopped going out. That's when the Marie Curie nurses got involved, and took care of her during the day, often staying overnight to keep her company until the morning. You can't quantify that kind of care and it was a real comfort to mum and the rest of the family.

Mum died at home. She was 71 years old and Marie Curie nurses made it possible for her to be at home until the end, the place where she wanted to be.

I know football fans are an unbelievably passionate bunch, so let's put some of that energy to good use and get involved for Marie Curie. I try to do anything I can to raise awareness and I am urging Boro fans to join me and "get behind the daff."

To volunteer to collect for Marie Curie and support the Great Daffodil Appeal, call 0845 601 3107 (local rate) or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil. To donate PS5 text DAFF to 70111 (texts cost PS5 plus your standard network rate) or call 0800 716 146 and donate over the phone.

Keep an eye out and pick up a daffodil pin from the army of volunteers or in Superdrug, WH Smith, Marie Curie shops and Wyevale Garden Centres throughout March. Thanks, and good luck for the rest of the season.

KAMMY (Chris Kamara)

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 7, 2016
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