A HOST of golden daffodils has been brightening up Edinburgh's St Andrew Square in an immersive art installation to celebrate Marie Curie nurses.

The Garden of Light marks the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal with each of the 2100 illuminated handcrafted daffodils representing a Marie Curie nurse. The nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness.

Supporters Michael O’Neill, the Northern Ireland national football team manager, singer Dean Owens and Marie Curie nurse Jen Leitch attended the launch of the installation which was created by renowned public artists Greyworld over the course of six months.

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O’Neill said: “The care and support provided to people living with a terminal illness by the Marie Curie nurses makes all the difference at such a difficult time. I hope people will join me and donate and wear their daffodils.”

Owens, whose charity single Julie’s Moon is available from iTunes, added: “The significance of the daffodils representing the Marie Curie Nurses make it really special. Sadly many of us know first-hand how vital they are and I am proud to support them with my single and help raise funds and awareness.”