Actress Keira Knightley took a break from promoting her new film Anna Karenina, to support Marie Curie Cancer Care's Great Daffodil Appeal this week.

Keira attended a London recording studio to voice the charity’s radio campaign which is appealing for people to help collect donations and give out the charity’s daffodil pin during March.

Keira said: “I’m urging anyone who has an hour or two to spare, to collect for the charity this March. The money you raise by ensuring as many people as possible are wearing the charity’s daffodil pin, will help Marie Curie nurse terminally ill people in their final hours.”

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraiser and encourages everyone to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin during March. Marie Curie Nurses provide free, hands-on nursing care to people with terminal illnesses, both in their own home or one of the charity’s nine hospices.

Keira was also joined by comedy and stage actor, Stephen Mangan who said: "Marie Curie Nurses looked after my mother at home after she was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer. A double blow followed when my father also died from a brain tumour; fortunately we were also able to care for him at home with Marie Curie Nurses at his side.

“When Marie Curie Nurses were caring for my mum, I used to sit by her bed and play the guitar, very badly I might add. We had many comedy moments at home with both mum and dad but that just wouldn’t have been possible on a hospital ward.

“I’m from a large extended Irish family and my parents were very much the focal point, so having a Marie Curie Nurse there to look after them meant that we could be the family we are without having to worry about anything.

“I’m proud to be supporting the appeal and urging people to sign up to collect for the charity in March.”

For more information and to sign up to collect for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Great Daffodil Appeal call 0845 601 3107 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.

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