Seventy-four-year-old year old Peter Jones, of Shoreham by Sea in West Sussex started volunteering after he was given the all-clear from bowel cancer.
“I wanted to give something back,” he says. “I was lucky I didn’t need to ask for help as I was cleared so quickly. I want to get the message across to people to use the screening pack that was sent to them in the post.”
The retired Navy man was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2013. After a number of tests he had keyhole surgery at the Royal Sussex hospital and just three and half weeks later was back on the dance floor taking part in his favourite hobby, line dancing.
He has since made a full recovery and has supported Beating Bowel Cancer in many ways.
“I’ve helped to create awareness by putting posters up in the local community. I’ve been to a few doctors’ surgeries and put up posters in the toilets.
“I have also assisted with presentations in hospitals. At one presentation a man felt his wife had bowel cancer and asked me what to do. I was able to speak from experience and explain about the testing sample kits and how he should contact Beating Bowel Cancer and speak to the nursing team. I talked about the support of the charity and how it helps others.”
Peter says volunteering has added a lot to his life: “There is a lack of awareness in the community so I like to help others. It makes me feel happy.”
A chat about our campaign Decembeard in a pub near his home has now led to some strong friendships with some of the locals.
Peter urges anyone thinking about volunteering with Beating Bowel Cancer to get involved.
“It’s an amazing charity filled with great people,” he says.