In 2013, sales of daffodils suffered due to bad weather, which is why Chief Executive of the Irish Cancer Society has said: "We would like to thank all the volunteers collecting today to help people affected by cancer in their communities. Only 2 per cent of our funding comes from the State. That means we need to raise €4 million today to meet increased demand for services such as our night nurses, volunteer drivers to bring patients to chemotherapy and lifesaving cancer research.
“We are worried the bad weather will affect our street sales, as happened in 2013. So we’re appealing to people who haven’t given yet to do so on www.cancer.ie or text DAFF to 50300 to donate €4.00."
Although Daffodil Day is only once a year, official sponsors of the campaign Boots, will be selling daffodils for the next few days in their stores nationwide.
Bernadette Lavery, Managing Director of Boots Ireland, sponsors of the campaign said, “Colleagues across our 87 Boots stores in Ireland have been so enthusiastic in their support for Daffodil Day this year. We have all been touched by cancer in some way so it’s a cause close to our hearts, and are delighted by the generosity of our customers who have dug deep to support our fundraising activities. We will be selling daffodils in store over the coming days to allow members of the public to drop in and show their support if they haven’t had an opportunity yet."