As Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign, the Great Daffodil Appeal launches today (March 1), organisers of Etape Caledonia, the UK’s original closed-roads sportive, are urging riders not to miss out on the opportunity to sign up for charity places with Team Marie Curie, the event’s official charity partner.

Charity places are still available for the Limelight Sports event which takes place on Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Highland Perthshire. By cycling for Team Marie Curie, participants will be enabling Marie Curie Nurses to continue to provide essential care to people living with a terminal illness, and vital emotional support to their loved ones.

Team Marie Curie charity places start at £24.99 for a 40-mile place (£150 minimum sponsorship); for an 85-mile place there’s a £59.99 registration fee (£350 minimum sponsorship). The 85-mile Gold Bond option includes a range of premium benefits with a £59.99 registration fee (£650 minimum sponsorship).

The successful partnership, which is now in its 11th year, has seen Marie Curie receive £1.6million from the event and organisers hope 2019’s Etape Caledonia will raise a further £80,000 for the charity.

With under three months until the event, organisers Limelight Sports are looking forward to seeing many charity riders out on the roads around Highland Perthshire raising money for an important cause. Craig Dews, CEO at Limelight Sports, said: “As Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal launches this month, we are urging riders not to miss out on the opportunity to support this hugely worthwhile cause by registering for a charity place and raising much needed funds. The work that this charity does is inspiring and we hope their efforts will motivate people to get on their bike in Highland Perthshire on May 19th at Etape Caledonia.”

Helen Stevens, Marie Curie Senior Project Manager for Etape Caledonia, said: “As the official charity partner for Etape Caledonia, we hope cyclists from across the UK will be inspired to get pedalling for team Marie Curie and raise vital funds for families living with terminal illness.”

Helen added: “Launching today, this year’s Great Daffodil Appeal offers people the opportunity to donate and wear a daffodil this month to support Marie Curie. Everyone deserves the care and support they need at the end of their life. Behind every daffodil there’s a story and, by wearing a daffodil, people can show their support.”

The Etape Caledonia was the UK’s first and original closed-roads event when it was launched in 2007. Limelight is encouraging past participants to get back in the saddle on May 19 to pedal Perthshire on an 85-mile and 40-mile closed-roads circuit that takes in some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes.

Participants wishing to register for Etape Caledonia and raise money for Marie Curie should visit www.etapecaledonia.co.uk