Daffodil Day efforts a piece of cake for some
IT'S Daffodil Day and the public is being urged to dig deep to help the Irish Cancer Society reach its target of €3.5m this year.
More than 3,000 volunteers will be selling fresh and silk flowers, and daffodil pins nationwide today as the society aims to raise funds for support for cancer patients.
Funds raised on Daffodil Day by thousands of volunteers across Ireland 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 more than 8,000 nights of care to 2,014 patients in their own homes across Ireland in 2011.
This was an increase of nearly 13pc 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 more than 900 enquiries from 2010.
The annual fundraising event was launched yesterday by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.