Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers this National Volunteer Week! Within our organisation, we have well over 400 volunteers who selflessly give their time, skills, and energy. From our Blue Coat Ambassadors who meet and greet patients and visitors, to our Hospital Grandparents who work one-on-one to provide caring support for Starship children, to our musicians, and even our pets - our volunteers make a world of difference to our hospital and the people we serve. If you see one of our volunteers this week, be sure to thank them. #ADHBpeople#NVW2017#Volunteers#YouMakeTheDifference#ADHBPX#PatientExperience
It seemed appropriate to have our NYC rooftop bar experience here. Even though I'm having a break, #cysticfibrosis doesn't allow any days off. #myandy is at home continuing his daily grind of medications, hospital visits and the constant anxiety of what is around the corner tomorrow. Everyday we count our blessings for what we have. But we also know that we wouldn't be where we are without the support of @cysticfibrosisact. And where we would be is terrifying to consider. The support we have received is at risk for many who rely on it. Being 100% community funded has great challenges. I urge you to once again support us in this years Shuffle. We can't do this without you! (Link in Bio) #itsaHJPlife#santasinspeedos#shuffles4CF#youmakethedifference
Warning: overly emotional post ahead
TL;DR - you people are AMAZING
The people I've met in the last week have been incredible. Like, super nice, genuine people. I've had early morning coffee on a deck on patio furniture that I sold, found out that a fellow vintage seller gave my name out to someone because I would probably have the sort of stuff they were looking for (I did! I did!) and then yesterday. YESTERDAY. You guys loved the vintage threads I had. You came back and paid me when I got so excited talking about your purchase that I forgot to take your money (good grief I'm an idiot 🙄). This isn't just lip service, I feel so lucky to meet so many amazing people while I do this. The fact that so many are happy to help support this crazy dream of mine seriously almost brings me to tears.
I can't wait to see all the posts with people rocking the vintage threads they picked up, please don't forget to tag me! 😍
A special thanks to @wildwoodrosevintage for organizing the market.
Happy birthday to my favourite girl. The RNW to my CHW ☯️. Thank you for being the best friend a girl could ask for. I love you to the moon and back and I hope you get spoilt rotten. Thanks for being you over all these years ..... the most real, honest, kind, fun and genuine person. Never change. Ps. Can you spot our first ever photo together .... I found it 🙌🏻 #birthdaygirl#loveyousomuch#youmakethedifference#bestie#cantwaittoseeyou#blondeandbrunette 🎈🎈🎈
This is Any, another of our fabulous Volunteers. "I have been volunteering once a week at the Centre for 9 months. I meet and greet Centre visitors as they arrive, explain what Maggie’s is and how it can help to any new visitors and also facilitate a weekly group. I began volunteering at Maggie’s to I give something back to the place that gave me so much. The thing I enjoy most is putting a smile on people’s faces. Sometimes people arrive looking so distressed and you can see them leave with slightly less weight on their shoulders. Volunteering at Maggie’s makes me feel needed; which I love"
Meet David: (repost from @cr_uk)
"My most memorable volunteering moment has to be setting a new #WorldRecord for the highest ever game of cricket at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, raising £180,000. When all 30 of the ‘Kilimadness’ group made it to the top and then started picking the teams I had the biggest smile on my face - despite the lack of oxygen! Only the very luckiest amongst us have no direct experience of cancer. Having lost my father, my first professional mentor and a number of my close friends to the disease, I’m motivated knowing that the money we raise will help eradicate cancer.” 🏏🏔#YouMakeTheDifference#VolunteersWeek
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Judith is another of our wonderful volunteers at our Centre. "I started volunteering at Maggie's West London when the Centre first opened in 2008. I have worked as an oncology nurse in the NHS and understand the many challenges a diagnosis of cancer can bring. Maggie's West London is a beautifully designed space away from the bustle of hospitals where people can sit, talk and meet others"
What a fantastic evening we had at our Volunteer Celebration event last night. Over 40 volunteers came along, enjoying a tour of the amazing Belfast City Hall followed by refreshments at Ten Square. It was so inspiring to hear about all the many reasons people give up their time to support local families affected by cancer. Each and everyone of you really does make a difference. #ThankYou#VolunteersWeek#YouMakeTheDifference
This is our wonderful volunteer Jenny "I have been volunteering at Maggie’s West London one day a week for 7 months where my primary role is to provide a supportive welcome to visitors and connect them with the appropriate services. However, with the drop-in nature of the Centre, every day varies and I am there to help with anything the Centre or a visitor may need that day. From day one it was clear how valuable the Centre is it is a privilege to be a part of the amazing Maggie's team who provide such a caring and supportive environment for anyone affected by cancer." #VolunteersWeek#YouMakeTheDifference#Maggies#ThankYou
We asked our blind veterans and staff to explain why our volunteers are so special. And we asked our volunteers to tell us why they share their valuable time. We've been inundated with responses. Now we need to make things a little more official though.
Although #VolunteersWeek draws to a close today, we are not finished celebrating yet! We are proud to unveil our One Team Awards!
We want to recognise volunteers who have made an exceptional contribution to our charity.
Do you work with a volunteer who is doing a great job? Are you a blind veteran being helped by a volunteer? Are you a volunteer noticing the amazing achievements of a fellow volunteer? Let us know!
Find out more or nominate someone great at:
Lovely week @childrens_trust for National Volunteers' Week. Over 300 thank you cards written, a visit from the Mayor, a sunny picnic and over 30 retail volunteers invited to learn more about the charity and meet the children & young people for the first time. Plus how beautiful is this sign made by our students in the School! Big thank you to all 500+ volunteers who make a massive difference in so many different ways! 😊💛🌟☀️
Faith began volunteering with us in September.
“I’ve spent the last 14 years talking to ladies who have Breast Cancer after my treatment, and I just wanted to be able to share my knowledge and give people hope, there is life after Cancer. I love chatting to the clients and seeing their demeanour change when they see that you can look fit and well after your treatment.
I love to welcome people with a smile and spread joy and always get so much out of my time here. At the very least if I can free up the Cancer Support specialists to have more time to do their job then I feel I’ve been of help”
Peter joined a Level 1 digital course somewhat later than the rest of group. He quickly settled in and from the outset helped his peers. Before that course ended he agreed to volunteer.
From then on he has progressed exponentially, going on the complete a Level 3 in Education and Training and becoming a Digital Champion representing the Local Authority.
He has supported accredited and non-accredited since 2015 and this year has seen him complete a Foundation Level course at the university of Sunderland which will enable him to progress to degree level next academic year in Animation.
Thank you for your continued support Pete! #NationalVolunteersWeek#youmakethedifference
“Volunteering is my way of giving something back to the research that saved my life over 20 years ago, when I was diagnosed with cancer. Giving my time has given be back so many unforgettable experiences. I will always remember the first time I stood outside the Cancer Research UK shop in Kingston and the first £10 that I received in my bucket. That humble ten pound note has been multiplied back to the charity hundreds of times because of the motivation that gave me. I will never forget volunteering at my first @crukraceforlife event, the laughs we had and the money we raised. Most of all, I will never forget reading the stories that the runners had pinned to their backs to explain why they were running. I am filled with pride knowing that we are joined together in the same cause.” To all our incredible volunteers like Paul, thank you. Every moment you give is beating cancer sooner 🙌#YouMakeTheDifference#VolunteersWeek
“My most memorable volunteering moment has to be setting a new #WorldRecord for the highest ever game of cricket at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, raising £180,000. When all 30 of the ‘Kilimadness’ group made it to the top and then started picking the teams I had the biggest smile on my face - despite the lack of oxygen! Only the very luckiest amongst us have no direct experience of cancer. Having lost my father, my first professional mentor and a number of my close friends to the disease, I’m motivated knowing that the money we raise will help eradicate cancer.” Every moment our volunteers give is saving lives sooner. Thanks to David for going above and beyond the ‘traditional’ way to beat cancer! 🏏🏔#YouMakeTheDifference#VolunteersWeek
As part of Volunteers’ Week, we’re highlighting the amazing difference volunteers make to families affected by cancer.
We recently caught up with Sarah Annett, who volunteers at our residential centre for children and young people aged 8-18 affected by cancer.
Speaking about her role, Sarah said:
“The most rewarding part of volunteering is seeing the beaming smiles of all the kids and young people on a residential, and knowing that they feel more confident and equipped to face whatever lies ahead because of the charity’s support.
“Volunteering for Cancer Fund for Children was the best decision I made! The charity relies on volunteers to help provide a lifeline of support to families affected by cancer. In return they provide an excellent support network to their volunteers and fully appreciate the time and effort that we make. Seeing the real difference that Cancer Fund for Children’s services make to families on their cancer journey speaks volumes for the positive impact you could make as a volunteer.”
You too can make a difference like Sarah. We’re currently recruiting for more Residential Volunteers to help us support young people to cope with the impact cancer has on their lives.
Find out more by going to cancerfundforchildren.com
Ray began volunteering with Media Savvy just after completing the Level 1 course in 2015 on which he found a passion for creating magic tricks with his new video editing skills. He has since gone on to be part of the first cohort to complete the Level 2. A valued member of the team Ray supports accredited groups both Level 1 and 2 in the South Tyneside area, specialising in humour, magic tricks and cryptic crosswords. Thank you for your continued support @raymonddaglish
Fabulous lunch today to thank our regular fundraising volunteers. We really couldn't do what we do without each and every one of them. The time and hard work they dedicate to Maggie's Forth Valley is vital to helping us raise awareness and funds to provide cancer support free of charge.
Huge thank you to Gordon at Escoffier's Catering Services and Gean House for the brilliant hospitality. The food from Gordon was exceptional as always...so much so the savory was gone before we had a chance to get a photograph! Gordon also very kindly surprised us with us with a wonderful donation of £100 from Escoffier's before we left. Our nutrition workshops started in the Centre last week and this donation will help more people eat well and feel better during cancer treatment. Thank you Gordon, you made our day!
We first met Lesley when she was part of a small group on a non-accredited digital course in 2014 where she produced images to illustrate her creative writing. After this course she gained national success in Maths and English with another provider.
Since then she has supported similar small groups giving 1-2-1 support to those without any IT confidence, encouragement and a sense of achievement with her enthusiasm for their work. Thanks for your continued support Lesley! #NationalVolunteersWeek#youmakethedifference
In celebration of #VolunteersWeek , we'd love to share with you a story from one of our super shop volunteers, Danielle.
In her second year of volunteering at the St Clare Debden shop, Danielle describes all the new friends she has made as ‘one big family,’ and tells us why she loves volunteering for St Clare!
Here's some snippets of her chat with us. To read on, visit the link in our bio and Search, "Danielle"... “I love having customers who come in and talk to us. It’s so friendly in this shop; everyone comes in and has a chat with us, and says how we’re a lovely bunch of people! Our customers love spending time and money in here to support the Hospice. I’ve made so many good friends just from working here – both colleagues and customers. There’s such a happy atmosphere here because we are all close, and we get on all the time. It’s hard to put into words; it’s like one big family here.” “We try to do a lot for the community in this shop, and often help with fundraising in our own ways. Recently, during Go Bright, my manager Paula, myself and another volunteer all dyed our hair bright colours for the Hospice’s new campaign! I’ve now got a permanent blue dip-dye – just for Go Bright! I love doing that sort of thing, and having a bit of fun. We’ve also hosted anniversary parties, a Golden Jubilee party, with Christmas and Easter events, too. We do as much as we can, and love getting everyone involved.” “I love it here – I really do. At first, I was very nervous to meet so many people; we have 30 volunteers here at the Debden shop! Yet, everyone made me feel so welcome, and at home. It was like I had always been here. Volunteering for St Clare has given back to me, and helped me with building confidence. Now, I feel like I can do things that I wouldn’t have been able to do before.” St Clare is run on #VolunteerPower , and people like Danielle make it the place that we all know and love. Thank you to Danielle, and to all of our 450 volunteers - #YouMakeTheDifference !
Read on by visiting our website!
During Volunteers' Week we would like to thank all our fantastic Macmillan volunteers.
Graeme volunteers at the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service in Boots in Irvine.
In 2003, he had a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with leukaemia and felt volunteering for Macmillan was a chance to give back and help others.
“The best thing about volunteering is seeing people every week and helping them as much as we can with their journey," he says.
If you would like to volunteer for Macmillan, visit our website. #YouMakeTheDifference#volunteersweek#volunteersweek2017#macmillancancersupport#macmillancancersupportscotland