Young people in Rugby invited to help Marie Curie

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A teenager from Rugby has followed in her father’s footsteps to help raise vital funds for cancer patients.

Sammi Defty is now also a volunteer with Marie Curie Cancer Care and is encouraging other people to consider giving their time.

“It’s nice to know you’re helping other people,” said Sammi, 19.

“I collected for the first time in December last year at Superdrug and it felt good to be a young person collecting for a great cause.”

Sammi made the move after seeing her pop idol Jessie J braving the scissors for Comic Relief.

She said: “She raised millions and I decided I wanted to be someone who helped others.”

Marie Curie Cancer Care is appealing for people in Rugby to donate an hour or two of their time this March to collect for the Great Daffodil Appeal. It is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraiser, offering a daffodil pin in return for a donation.

Funds provide more free care to local people with terminal illnesses in their own homes. Sammi’s dad Paul Defty, chairman of the Rugby fundraising group, said: “We’re always pleased when we count up the coins and see how well we’ve done.”