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Daffodil Day to raise €4m for Cancer Society

THE Irish Cancer Society is hoping to raise €4m from its annual Daffodil Day campaign with the demand for its services growing every year.

The society has revealed it is planning to significantly expand its cancer information service by establishing up to five Daffodil Centres this year in a range of hospitals nationwide, including designated cancer care centres, regional hospitals and private hospitals.

Daffodil Centres will be located strategically within the hospitals concerned to make them visible and accessible.

An experienced cancer nurse, funded by the society, will run these centres and will be supported by trained volunteers.

The nurse and volunteers will address the information and support needs of those concerned about cancer, through listening, providing information and advice and accompanying people to appointments or treatments as necessary.

The Irish Cancer Society opened a pilot Daffodil Centre in Galway University Hospital in July last year.

More than 3,000 volunteers took to the streets today for Daffodil Day, selling fresh and silk daffodils and daffodil pins across the country.

All the money raised will help grow the society's direct patient-care services, including the National Cancer Helpline, the night nursing service and oncology liaison nursing.