25 March 2013
We need you!
Macmillan’s North and East Yorkshire team are looking for some superheroes to help them. You don’t need a cape or a costume, just some time to volunteer and help to make a difference.
Sally Millington, Robyn Mountain – Wade and Crystal Ness, fundraising managers across North and East Yorkshire for Macmillan Cancer Support are looking for some superheroes to help the charity. You don’t need a cape or a costume, just some time to volunteer and help to make a difference to people affected by cancer.
Sally explains, 'We want to reach and improve the lives of every one affected by cancer, but we can only do this with help. We have some amazing volunteers who are all superstars, but as the number of people with cancer is growing each day we need more people to join us and help us. No matter how much time you can spare, your help will allow us to deliver all our vital services for people affected by cancer. Why not take a few hours out of the daily grind and help us to change lives.'
People volunteer for all sorts of reasons, Holly Pollard, 26, a musician from York has been volunteering with Macmillan for just over two years and got involved to gain new skills, ‘I really enjoy the variety it adds to my regular week - I never quite know exactly what I will be doing, but that’s half the fun! Most of the things I do are really easy, like contributing an hour or two to a local collection during the day, or perhaps lending a hand at fundraising events in the evening. Giving my time to Macmillan gives me the opportunity to meet people I might never have connected with, to listen to their stories and to their own experience of living with and after cancer. It is lovely to hear so many people with positive stories of their interaction with Macmillan, which inspires me to continue volunteering for the charity. It’s also something I’m proud to put on my CV and it has definitely improved my confidence and people skills’.
Vicky Campey, 55, a civil servant has been helping the charity for 18 months with collections and marshalling. She had always thought about doing something for a charity, and it was a cancer diagnosis that made her determined to give something back, 'I was diagnosed in October 2010. I had so much support from Macmillan and the hospital - I couldn’t have asked for better service. Having cancer gave me the boost to do something and give something back, and I first helped with a collection at the train station. I’m really pleased I’ve become involved. I’ve met some really lovely people. I would encourage anyone to give it a go because you make new friends and you know you make a difference.'
The charity needs volunteers to help with ad-hoc collections and marshalling at events including
- Hull 10k - Sunday 19 May
- York Race Day – Saturday 15 June
- Leeds 10k – Sunday 14 July
- Thirsk Race Day – Friday 2 August
- York 10k – Sunday 4 August
- Yorkshire Marathon – Sunday 20 October
'Macmillan was started by a volunteer and volunteers are very much at the heart of everything we do,' explains Sally. 'Thousands of volunteers dedicate their time, skills and energy to help improve the lives of people affected by cancer and inspire millions of others to do the same. We rely completely on our supporters who give their money, time and energy to help people facing the toughest fight of their lives. When the time is right for you, we need your support too.'
If you would like to help your local team, please contact the Fundraising Support Centre on 0300 1000 200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.