Flowers delivered to Taoiseach ahead of Daffodil Day

Leo Varadkar received a special VIP delivery in the run-up to Daffodil Day on Friday.
Leo Varadkar received a special VIP delivery in the run-up to Daffodil Day on Friday.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has received a special delivery of flowers in the run-up to Daffodil Day on Friday.

Daffodil Day is run by the Irish Cancer Society, which is aiming to raise 4 million euro to support its free services.

The flowers were delivered in a classic daffodil yellow 1969 Triumph TR6 sports car by the charity’s chief executive, Averil Power, alongside five-year-old Patrick Breen, from Balally, and six-year-old Nora Forde, from Sandyford.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Patrick Breen and Nora Forde in the classic Triumph TR6 sports car outside Government Buildings (Niall Carson/PA)

The Irish Cancer Society said this year’s Daffodil Day is a reminder of the urgent need to catch up on the detection of thousands of cancers remaining undiagnosed since the start of the pandemic.

Ms Power said: “Our key message this Daffodil Day is that cancer needs more focus than ever before.

“There is now a race against time to find missed cancers so patients can begin treatment as soon as possible.

“We know that, in 2020 alone, over 2,600 cancers went undetected due to Covid.”

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Averil Power, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society said cancer needs more focus than ever before (Niall Carson/PA)

She added: “The earlier cancer is caught, the easier it is to treat, and the greater the person’s chances are of surviving the disease.

“The five-year survival for breast cancer for example is 94% at stage one and only 19% at stage four.”

Funds raised on Daffodil Day go to support the Irish Cancer Society’s night nursing service, volunteer driver service, freephone support line, Daffodil information centres, and help fund state-of-the-art cancer research and life-saving trials.

Members of the public can donate at https://www.cancer.ie/daffodilday