Today, 22 March marks the 36th year of Daffodil Day in Ireland and this year the Irish Cancer Society are calling the public to go ‘all in against cancer’.A report from the Irish Cancer Society showed that in 2023, its drivers covered 2.3 million kilometres, bringing over 2,200 cancer patients to and from chemotherapy treatments. This is a 30% increase in the demand for the transport service compared to previous years.

The report also showed that demand for other vital services grew, including interactions with the society’s support line which has seen a 31% year-on-year increase. The number of night nursing nights, which allows cancer patients to pass away at home, surrounded by their loved ones also rose in 2023.

Stomach cancer survivor, Jacinta Farrelly from Co Cavan used the transport service last and says that it was a lifeline for her diagnosis. “I’m forever grateful. It was one less thing to worry about when faced with cancer and gave me huge relief both practically and financially,” she says. During Jacinta’s treatment, the Irish Cancer Society arranged a driver to pick her up in the mornings, take her to each appointment and he was then there to take her home in the evenings. “If you can support Daffodil Day, please do. “It’s because of the public’s donations that these vital free services exist for people like me and continue to be available for anyone who needs them.”

CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, Averil Power says that every year 42,000 people in Ireland are diagnosed with cancer and that the Irish Cancer Society aims to be there for every one of them.

“The state only provides 55 of our funding so to meet the increasing demand for our services we need to raise over €25 million this year. “Only with your help can we ensure every child and adult affected by cancer gets the support they need.”

Collections will take place in towns and shopping centres, today, 22 March and tomorrow, Saturday, 23 March.

Anyone with questions or concerns about cancer can contact the Irish Cancer Society’s support line at 1800 200 700 or email

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