Daffodil Day helpers

The Irish Cancer Society and Dell are asking the people of Louth for help to reach this year’s Daffodil Day target set at €3.5million to help fund free patient care services. 

The Irish Cancer Society and Dell are asking the people of Louth for help to reach this year’s Daffodil Day target set at €3.5million to help fund free patient care services. 

Daffodil Day is on 23 March. The Irish Cancer Society has revealed how demand for its free patient care services increased significantly during 2011.

The Society and Dell, lead partner for Daffodil Day has called on the Louth public to help raise the ambitious fundraising target of €3.5m.

Funds raised on Daffodil Day go directly to providing free cancer information and nursing services. This includes the Society’s free home based night nursing service to seriously ill cancer patients. Irish Cancer Society night nurses provided over 8,000 nights of care to 2,014 patients in their own home across Ireland in 2011.

This was an increase of nearly 13% since 2010.

Daffodil Day also helps fund the Irish Cancer Society’s flagship Cancer Information Service, including the National Cancer Helpline (Freefone 1800 200 700). In 2011 cancer specialist nurses on the Helpline responded to 22,120 enquiries, an increase of over 900 enquiries from 2010. Over 250 calls were from people living in Louth.

John McCormack, CEO, Irish Cancer Society said this year marks the 25th Birthday of Daffodil Day.

Since it began in 1988 there has been a big increase in the demand for services due to the ever increasing incidence of cancer.

North Louth Hospice and Mid-Louth Hospice have been very active over the years supporting families affected by cancer.