THE recent "extreme" weather conditions could hamper fundraising efforts, a charity fears.

Marie Curie, who provide support for people living with any terminal illness and their families, said their Great Daffodil Appeal - which launched last month and runs throughout March - usually sees thousands of volunteer collectors across Denbighshire, Conwy and the rest of the UK handing out the charity's daffodil pins in exchange for donations.

The campaign usually is accompanied by the first signs of spring, but with heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures, many volunteers have been unable to make their collections and have stayed indoors.

Laura Ellis-Bartlett, community fundraiser for Marie Curie in North East, said: "We do have a several collections scheduled, including collections in both Rhyl and Prestatyn. We are concerned how the weather will affect us and that this will have an impact on the amount we are hoping to raise.

"We are still really hopeful that we will still be able to go ahead with these collections thanks to our wonderful volunteers who are no strangers to collecting in the rain or cold. It’s in situations such as this that really show how much our volunteers can help and make a difference.

"We have lots of other collections arranged throughout this month. Hopefully the 'Beast from the East will loosen its grip in time for these."

Jacquelyn Lucas, Great Daffodil Appeal manager for Marie Curie, added: "We’re really excited to be kicking off this year’s appeal but the extreme weather is certainly proving a challenge. We are worried that it will have an impact on our fundraising.

"I know that our amazing volunteer collectors always go the extra mile for us, so I would also ask that they keep themselves safe and warm if there are extreme conditions where they are."