Rewarding experiences for all age groups at Macmillan
Ron Clark (71) has been a volunteer at Macmillan Cancer Support for 6 years. In 1990 Ron's wife had stomach cancer, which unfortunately was terminal. He had two teenage daughters at the time. Ron and his family had the care of a Macmillan nurse who not only supported his wife, but also the rest of the family through this period.
A few years later Ron decided he wanted to help Macmillan Cancer Support, Ron said:
'I get so much more out of it than I put in. Macmillan were brilliant when my wife was ill and I wanted to give something back.'
As Ron is retired now he describes his work for Macmillan as giving him purpose, he gains from new experiences and meeting new people. He says he'll do anything from helping with fundraising, cheering at the Great North Run and even washing up all day at a cake sale which raised over £1,500!
Student Emily Robinson (21) has been volunteering for 8 months. Her original motivation for coming to help was that she wanted to do something different and to build on her experience, while helping other people. So far she has been a huge help to the fundraising team who have been able to use her skills to help with flyering, supermarket collections and a few events.
Emily describes her experience as a volunteer to be:
'Fulfilling. It is great to work with nice people and doing a variety of tasks helps me to learn more skills. It is rewarding helping other people'.
Volunteers' fundraising helps Macmillan provide essential support for people living with cancer, but it's not only by raising money that volunteers can make a big contribution.
To find out more about volunteering please contact Roohi Lupton, community fundraiser on 01904 756 403 or firstname.lastname@example.org..