Fifty-seven year-old Steve Worsnop, from Topcliffe in North Yorkshire, started to volunteer for Beating Bowel Cancer after his mum and brother were both diagnosed with the disease.
He said: “I wanted to do something practical and useful. I lost my mam to bowel cancer and my brother is going through treatment at the moment. At times you feel so helpless but volunteering makes you feel like you’re making a difference and you are giving something back to help patients and their families.”
Steve has taken part in local collections, including one at the Etihad stadium in Manchester.
“I just want to help as much as I can,” he says. “I want to raise as much awareness about bowel cancer as possible.”
Steve also runs an advertising magazine in Newcastle which showcases local businesses. He donates advertising space to Beating Bowel Cancer each month which keeps his readers up to date with our activity.
The charity benefits greatly from Steve’s generosity, but he says volunteering adds to his life in a powerful way.
“I get a real sense of achievement and feel like I am making a difference,” he says. “Being involved helps me give something back to the community.
“You can feel useless when you see family going through bowel cancer. Working with Beating Bowel Cancer and seeing their dedication and hard work paying off with so many families makes me want to get involved.
“To anyone thinking about volunteering I’d say do it, nobody knows whether you are going to be affected by bowel cancer.
“Raising money and raising awareness is helping a service that is making a difference to cancer patients. If you’re thinking about volunteering get the information and get involved, it’s really that simple.”