We're stronger together

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Love volunteering and want to spend more time with friends and family? If so, why not volunteer as a group? That’s exactly what Safirah and her family have been doing for the last few months by packing bags and collecting money at their local Marks & Spencer store. If you’d like to get involved in collections, we’ve got plenty of opportunities for you to get stuck in.

'It puts us in a really happy mood'

'I thought doing something like this would make me understand a bit more about cancer,' says Safirah. 'Macmillan is a great place for people to get support and feel like they’re heard. I wanted to contribute and be part of something that will change people’s lives.'

It wasn’t long before Safirah’s whole family wanted to join her by collecting for Macmillan outside their local M&S, with the help of a few of our wonderful, green buckets. As well as helping others, she says the family feels a huge benefit too. 'It’s great to know we’ve made a difference to someone's life, even if it's just talking to them or smiling at them.' 

And make a difference they have: at one particular tombola they managed to collect an incredible £730 – twice as much as they thought they would.

'There really is a sense of belonging'

Mum, Naaz, says, 'It’s just an hour out of our time and we get so much fulfilment from it, so it’s definitely something we’ll continue to do.' Dad, Rizwan, added, 'The best thing about volunteering with Macmillan is the lovely smiles I get from people I meet. There really is a sense of belonging when you see people coming together to fight against cancer.' 

To anyone thinking of volunteering in a group, Safirah has this message: 'When you're with your family it just makes it more exciting. You have a laugh. Volunteering makes you appreciate life more, talking to people with different experiences. It’s also nice because it reminds you that we’re all human at the end of the day. We’re all the same.'

January sees a return of our successful Argos collections at stores across the UK. Anyone can take part, so it really is the perfect opportunity to join in, either on your own or with friends and family.