Twenty four year-old Gemma McIntyre works as a recruiter in Twickenham. She first became involved with Beating Bowel Cancer after seeing how much her mother enjoyed volunteering with us.
Gemma says: “My father was diagnosed with bowel cancer a few years ago. He found Beating Bowel Cancer and was grateful for the support he received.
“I came back from traveling in Spain and my mother was already volunteering in the Beating Bowel Cancer office and I saw how much she gained from it. I wanted to donate my time to a worthwhile cause and do my bit by putting my skills to good use.”
Gemma regularly volunteered with us after she returned from traveling. She is now working and gives up her spare time to help at events. She’s cheered on our runners at the London Marathon and the Vitality 10000.
“I think it is a very worthwhile experience for myself,” she says, “and I feel like I am giving something back. I like to be involved with such an amazing charity that is helping people who need it most.
“For me making a difference is a really enriching experience and am grateful to be a part of it. I felt so happy cheering at the 10k race, the atmosphere was great and it gave me a really uplifting feeling.
“I’d encourage anyone to volunteer; you can be from any walk of life or any background. If you can do it and you have the time it is such an amazing thing to do to be part of a community that is doing so much good and part of something that is bigger than all of us.
“This can only really enrich your life and the lives of the people the charity is helping.”