Make a difference
Volunteers give their valuable time and energy to Macmillan in oodles of different ways. Take Phil from Manchester, for example. From taking on trekking events to talking to groups in his local community and everything in between, he’s quite simply a volunteering powerhouse.
Phil was inspired to volunteer for Macmillan after his mum died of breast cancer when he was 18 years old.
‘As a family, we received a lot of incredible support from Macmillan nurses and counsellors,’ he says. ‘They were a part of our lives for the seven years before my mum’s death, so I wanted to do something for Macmillan in return.’
Phil started off fundraising in memory of his mum through supermarket collections, coffee mornings and overseas trekking events.
‘Volunteering is addictive,’ he smiles. ‘I soon smashed all of the fundraising targets I’d set for myself, but kept on going. I’ve no plans to stop now – the next thing on my agenda is a trek in Morocco.’
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As part of his volunteering role, Phil also speaks to many different groups of people in his community about Macmillan.
‘I’ve spoken to everyone from lawyers to line dancers. It just goes to show that cancer affects everybody. I’m always anxious before I do a talk because I’m honest and I bare my soul, but I find it very rewarding. It’s great to know that I’m spreading the word about how Macmillan can help and opening up the conversation about cancer locally.’
So what would Phil say to anyone thinking about volunteering? That’s simple: ‘Through volunteering, you can make a difference to those people who need the support. And it fits around you. It’s entirely up to you how much time you dedicate, so why not try it out?’
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