Monday, 3 June 2013

Why our 1,200 volunteers make all the difference.

The man I spoke to knew exactly how I was feeling. Talking to someone who had been through treatment and was doing well took some of the fear away” – feedback from our Peer Support service

At Prostate Cancer UK, we recognise the importance of volunteers. Without them, our Peer Support Services would not exist. Our campaigning work to raise the profile of prostate cancer in the UK would be hobbled. Successes with key partners like the Football League and Royal Mail would be much harder. Put simply, volunteers are the glue that holds us together and help us help more men with prostate cancer.

The 1st of June marks the beginning of Volunteers’ Week, even though seven days seems like a very small amount of time to celebrate the millions of hours these men and women give to causes in the UK every single year. At Prostate Cancer UK, we simply couldn’t do without the help of people like Jean Herd. Jean has been volunteering for us since 2008. She has campaigned at our Day of Action in Westminster; shook buckets with her family to raise money at Sheffield United on a freezing January afternoon; helped provide telephone Peer Support for partners of men diagnosed with prostate cancer; given talks about prostate cancer, and shared her experience of the disease at our health professional education events. She’s miraculous. 

Jean Herd and her husband Chris in one of our information films
What’s even more impressive is that Jean is just one of the 1,200 volunteers working with us throughout the UK, that’s nearly ten times the number of staff we employ. As a charity, we are growing to ensure we meet the needs of men across the UK and are in a position to get and keep men’s health on the agenda. Our volunteers are and always will be a major part of our strategy for doing this and we are always on the look out for dedicated men and women like Jean to help. We are particularly keen for men and women who would be happy to talk about their experiences of prostate cancer to help spread the word and become one of our Volunteer Speakers. If you have a spare hour here and there – and think you could help – please get in contact with our volunteer team.

For their fundraising and their support, for sharing their knowledge and experience and raising awareness of prostate cancer, I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their help. We couldn’t do it without you. 

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