A BORDERS MP is calling on Borderers to "give what they can" to support Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal.

Ahead of National Day of Reflection on Thursday, March 23, Borders MP John Lamont is appealing to Borders residents to help support the charity.

Mr Lamont met Marie Curie supporter Jane Horrocks, Marie Curie healthcare assistant Danielle Cobb, as well as members of the charity's policy team at an event in Westminster.

The event, which celebrated the launch of the 37th Great Daffodil Appeal, aimed to also raise awareness of the work the charity does to assist people have a pain-free death.

Mr Lamont said: “Every five minutes in Scotland and across the United Kingdom, a person dies without getting the support they need. We need to change that.

“That’s why I’m supporting Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal to raise money for vital end of life care.

“By donating and wearing a daffodil pin in March, you can support the Great Daffodil Appeal and the vital care that Marie Curie provides people living with terminal illness and their families.

“I have donated myself and I am appealing to anyone in the Borders to give what they can so we can make a real difference to vulnerable people this year.

“I will also be observing the National Day of Reflection and I would encourage anyone who may be struggling and wishes to connect with others to consider doing the same.”

This year will be the third year that Marie Curie has led National Day of Reflection.

On Thursday there will be a minute's silence at 12pm, as well as the chance for people to contribute to the nationwide network of Walls of Reflections and any online events.

For more information about the work done by Marie Curie, the Great Daffodil Appeal, and National Day of Reflection, visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk