Volunteer Phil's story

Phil first became a Macmillan volunteer in 2009 after receiving support from us when his mother sadly passed away from cancer.

‘I did it for Macmillan because they looked after my mum through her illness and also towards the end of her life. I decided that I was going to dedicate as much of my free time to volunteering as I could.’

This has included visiting groups and societies in his local community to tell people about our work, as well as some incredibly high-octane fundraising events.

Going the distance

Phil has trekked Machu Picchu, Kilimanjaro, Jordan, China, Cuba, Morocco, Cambodia and, most recently, Everest for Macmillan. Through the tougher times, Phil remembers what kept him going.


‘On Kilimanjaro I was getting quite bad pain and I was going to stop,’ he says. ‘But then I remembered the briefing notes that said, “Remember your pain doesn’t last forever”. So I had a serious word with myself, remembered why I was doing it and completed the trek.

Fund-raising the stakes

Phil recently smashed his fundraising goal of £60,000 and had this to say from Everest base camp about the people who donated:

‘Thank you from the bottom of my heart. If it wasn’t for you, Macmillan wouldn’t be able to reach the people and improve the lives of everybody in the UK living with and beyond cancer.’

If Phil’s story has inspired you to give your time to Macmillan, visit our volunteering page today. Whatever role you choose to take on, we’ll provide full support and training. Whether you can spare minutes or months, hours or days, the time you give really will matter.

You can also support Phil’s fundraising by making a donation through his JustGiving page.

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