The Met Office has been proud to support Marie Curie since 2008. A one-off event at Halloween 2008 has lead to a relationship which is now well into its fourth year.
A few days before Halloween 2008 the Met Office's Open Road forecasting team had an idea. They decided to wear Dracula capes for the day and sell some cakes in aid of Marie Curie. £175 was raised for the charity.
Since then one of the team, Rob Black, has continued fund raising for Marie Curie at the Met Office.
The wear yellow to work day was particularly well supported on 2 March 2012. Met Office staff were encouraged to wear something yellow to work. A large number of staff wore yellow, some dressing very vividly and many wearing a Marie Curie daffodil. Staff were encouraged to register to take part in the event, paying at least £2.
Many different fund-raising activities took place and the event was also supported by the Met Office team in Aberdeen (shown below).
A dash of colour was added to a spring day whilst supporting a very worthwhile charity. The total amount of money raised for Marie Curie was around £1400.
One hour of nursing care in a patient's home costs £20, while £3,000 covers the cost of Marie Curie's nursing service nationally for one hour. Marie Curie Nurses work day and night looking after patients who want to be cared for at home at the end of their lives.
Marie Curie nurses provide a vital service that's free but it can only be offered thanks to the efforts of Marie Curie supporters who raise millions of pounds for Marie Curie Cancer Care every year.
Marie Curie nurses for more details."I can't improve a patient's quantity of life but I can improve their quality of life."
Jackie, Marie Curie Nurse
Marie Curie gives more details of the charity.