THE Marie Curie daffodil appeal has launched and everyone, from politicians to actors, is encouraging the public to get involved.

Weaver Vale MP, Mike Amesbury, and I'm Alan Partridge actor, Stephen Mangan, are among those joining forces to help Marie Curie provide care and support to more people living with a terminal illness.

Mike pledged his support to the appeal and is encouraging people to donate and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins.

He said: "Every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life.

"The money raised from the appeal will help Marie Curie be there for more people living with any terminal illness such as terminal cancer, dementia, heart failure, and motor neurone disease."

Launched in 1986, the appeal is crucial in raising much-needed funds to enable the charity to continue to provide nursing and hospice care, fund research and campaign on behalf of everyone affected by terminal illness.

The charity's free national support line now also offers clinical support, enabling anyone with a terminal illness to access a Marie Curie nurse.

Stephen Mangan, said: "I experienced first-hand the difference they make when they cared for both my mum and later, my dad at home.

"Chances are, we all know someone who’s been affected by a terminal illness.

"That’s why I’m delighted to be here with Mike to help launch Marie Curie’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal.

"Whether its worn in celebration, in solidarity or in memory of a loved one, by donating and wearing a daffodil pin during March, you and thousands of others in Weaver Vale will help make sure thousands more dying people get the care and support they deserve."

Daffodil pins will be available from high streets across the country, Marie Curie shops and stores including Superdrug, Spar, Hotter Shoes and Wyevale Garden Centres.

To find out more about the Great Daffodil Appeal, visit the website.

Share your memory using #everydaffodil.

To Donate £5 to Marie Curie, text DAFF to 70111.