Will you get on board with Marie Curies Daffodil Campaign?

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Spring is a time to celebrate new life: when flowers are blooming, the sun is starting to shine, and the cold winter months are fading. However, whatever the season, people become terminally ill and die. Recently we have lost some national treasures at the cruel hands of terminal illness: Alan Rickman and David Bowie. Now, more than ever, we have been shown how terminal illness can affect us all. As our population ages, the number of deaths is on the increase: meaning more people are contracting multiple and ever more complex illnesses. Care is needed not only for those diagnosed, but also the family: the turmoil of terminal illness can be confusing and isolated.

This March there is something you can do, to not only help a cause which has the potential to affect us all in one way or another. Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal, has been raising awareness and funds for those with terminal illnesses since 1986: bringing light in the darkest hours. Running 9 hospices, giving free specialist care, and pouring their efforts into palliative and life care research, Marie Curie are one of the most proactive charities in the UK.

Every day matters when you’re living with terminal illness, and Marie Curie works to make the most of every single one. Their specialist nurses have touched the lives of so many sufferers, as well as offering long term support to families who are grieving. They understand that terminal illness does not just affect the diagnosed, but is equally as painful for those surrounding them. From practical to compassionate help, every source of suffering is cared for both during and beyond the final stages of someone’s life.

Their work is tangible, delivering results and making a real difference to the lives of thousands of families in the UK. And their work is only set to evolve: changing the conversation about terminal illness to one more positive and less fearful.

So how can you get involved?

From the simple donning of a cheery daffodil pin to running a fundraising event, every effort towards the cause is appreciated. The daffodil is a symbol of new life, and a reminder of the joy loved ones past have given us. Perhaps you could spare a couple of hours to sell the pins: get together a group of friends and paint your local area yellow with daffodils!

Or maybe you have a little bit more time to spare? From bake sales, to tea mornings, to charity shows, to a challenging sponsored run, the potential is endless! For a free fundraising pack, visit the Marie Curies Daffodil Appeal website, where you can also calculate how far your time will go and what impact you can make.

Terminal illness is sadly an issue we cannot avoid, but with your help, Marie Curie can ensure that every sufferer, and their family can have the support and care they need: what better cause to support this spring?

Cuddle Fairy

What are your top tips for keeping warm?

The cold does not bother me much but I think there was real dip in temperatures this January. It is OK for my husband who goes off to a warm office but me and the children have felt the cold in our new house which is sadly lacking in a fire or wood burner.

So I asked some world-famous bloggers for their top tips for keeping warm when you are trying to save money on heating bills.

1. Boogie on down to housework

Put the music on full blast while cleaning getting it done faster as will be bopping around….but be careful if listening to the kids Spotify list you’ll find yourself singing along to Justin Beiber before you know it.

2. Rock an Eighties look

Wear eighties leg warmers through the winter months indoors and outdoors

3. Double up on duvets

If you are like me you double up on duvets when the temperatures hit freezing.

4. Love your layers

Chantelle tells me it is all about layers upon layers. I have tried this and it makes such a difference.

5. Sleeping bags and blankets

Sonya confesses to working from home inside a sleeping bag like a giant and warm slug. You might prefer a blanket and if you have two like me, you can ensure you cover up your legs too.

6. Go undercover

Cover up your extremities with hats, scarves, gloves and don’t forget to invest in a warm coat.

7. Hot water bottle

Claire F swears by a hot water bottle whilst on the sofa working from home.

8. Eat the right things

Cold weather means comfort food with Rebecca Rose recommending soup. Indulge in plenty of hot drinks.

9. Exercise

Run up and down the stairs or if you are really brave venture outdoors for a walk knowing you will feel the benefit when you return indoors.

10. I’m too sexy to be cold.

Several bloggers mentioned that snuggling up in bed is great and being cold is a great reason for wild sex.

With thanks to some hot bloggers

http://thebeesleybuzz.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.dillydrops.co.uk/

http://www.emmysmummy.com/

http://www.ojosworld.com/

http://lunchboxworld.co.uk/

http://92three30.com/

https://www.instagram.com/bugbirdbee/

https://www.facebook.com/formerlyrocknrollmum/?pnref=lhc

https://www.facebook.com/pages/LifeNinja-Killer-cat-and-Everything-Else/135813326505677

https://www.facebook.com/Sixdegreesofharmony-769532583078402/?pnref=about.overview

https://twitter.com/MamaMummyMum

What are your top tips for keeping warm?

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