Boots and Macmillan partnership
Boots UK and Macmillan are working together to give people affected by cancer access to the best information and support in their local communities, wherever they live in the UK. Volunteering plays a key role in the partnership, and Boots colleagues and customers give their time in many different ways.
So far, more than 1,000 volunteers from Boots have generously given us their time. They’ve been involved in everything from DIY challenges to pamper evenings, and from No7 cosmetics events for people affected by cancer to becoming e-campaigners and Cancer Voices.
Clarita from Boots UK’s Learning and Development team (pictured above on the right) heads up one of the partnership’s biggest successes; a practical support and befriending service in Nottingham. We caught up with her to find out more.
‘I’ve always wanted to do more for my community, so when Boots offered its employees the chance to volunteer locally with Macmillan I jumped at it,’ says Clarita.
Cancer treatment can often leave people feeling exhausted and make it difficult for them to stay on top of household tasks. For many, this can be upsetting, so the team’s service aims to help.
‘We visit people with cancer and provide practical support – vacuuming, doing the ironing, changing the bed sheets – whatever they need. Sometimes we just have a cup of tea and a chat. It’s really rewarding. I’ve learned new life skills and I’ve made incredible friends.'
Clarita also goes along to the Boots Macmillan advisory meetings and keeps Macmillan in the loop about the service.
‘We talk about how we can reach as many local people affected by cancer as possible,’ she enthuses. ‘I love being at the heart of it all.'
Anyone in the UK is welcome to volunteer, not just Boots colleagues. If you’re thinking about giving your time to something like this, Clarita’s advice is to just go for it: ‘You’ll be amazed at the difference you can make to someone's life with an hour a week!’
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