Tessa Walshe, daughter of Fiona and Paul Walshe picking Daffodils in Dee Flynn’s home, Dublin Road, Athlone ahead of Daffodil Day this Friday. Athlone's Daffodil Day effort is dedicated this year to the late Hazel Reid.

Athlone Daffodil Day effort remembers Hazel

With this year's Daffodil Day just around the corner, Athlone's committee is remembering the late Hazel Reid, who more than 30 years ago first started the fundraiser in the town with her friends by selling fresh flowers for charity.

Poignantly, the Athlone Daffodil Day committee is dedicating their efforts this year to Hazel, a stalwart of the cause, who worked so hard over so long to promote the fundraising day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

While there will be no street collections this Friday, the local group is hoping the people of Athlone will get behind their online appeal, and support more than 44,000 people Irish people diagnosed with the disease every year.

Back in 2017, following the 30th annual fundraiser in Athlone, the local group recognised Hazel's efforts in organising the first Daffodil Day in Athlone, and her hard work and dedication to fundraising since then. As they remember Hazel who passed away on February 21 last, the Athlone Daffodil Day committee is sending their sincere condolences to her family and friends on their sad loss.

The late Hazel Reid sitting in the centre of the front row back in 2017, when she, and others were honoured for starting Daffodil Day in Athlone 30 years before.

Appealing for support, the group says now more than ever, cancer patients need support, adding that Daffodil Day is a day for us all to give hope to people affected by cancer.

They can do this in a variety of ways by buying fresh Daffodils in their local post offices, by donating to the Athlone group's JustGiving page to support cancer patients and their families or supporting an appeal on Friday's Late Late Show.

All donations will ensure the Irish Cancer Society can continue to provide free services, such as the Freephone Support Line, the Night Nursing Service, counselling, and so much more. Their tagline promotes the idea that together everyone can ensure that no person has to go through their cancer journey alone.

To donate to the Athlone fundraising effort which remembers the late Hazel Reid, go to www.justgiving.com/athlone-daffodil-day