An iconic landmark is now shining brightly in support of an annual campaign.
St Mary’s Lighthouse will be illuminated yellow throughout March to mark Marie Curie’s 30th anniversary of the Great Daffodil Appeal.
The appeal, the charity’s biggest fundraising campaign, encourages people to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin during March.
A special ceremony took place last Thursday as the Lighthouse in Whitley Bay was illuminated for the first time.
Whitley Bay fundraising group member Debra Mitchell attended, marking the first anniversary since her sister Janet passed away in the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle.
She said: “Thursday was a poignant day for myself and my family.
“It was a year to the day that Janet died in the hospice. Instead of it being a sad day I had something to look forward to.
“Being a member of the Fundriasing Group gives me strength and I think she would be very proud.”
Charlotte Campbell, community fundraiser for Marie Curie in the north east, said: “The Appeal makes it possible for Marie Curie Nurses to provide free hands-on care for people with a terminal illness.
“Every March millions of people across the UK show their support for our work by simply giving a donation to wear a daffodil pin
“To have the support of North Tyneside Council in this way, by illuminating such an iconic landmark is fantastic and will go a great deal towards raising awareness of the The Great Daffodil Appeal.”
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The council is delighted to be helping Marie Curie and its Great Daffodil Appeal by illuminating St Mary’s Lighthouse for the whole of March.
“The charity provides invaluable support to a number of North Tyneside residents, and their loved ones, and we’re really pleased to show our appreciation to such a worthy cause in this way.”
To volunteer to collect for Marie Curie and support the Great Daffodil Appeal call (0191) 219 1241 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil