To mark Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June) we’re saying a huge thank you to our fantastic volunteers and celebrating the difference they make by getting involved in our fundraising events, supporting campaigns and educating the public about bowel cancer and the work we do.
Our health promotion volunteers, often with personal experience of bowel cancer, are dedicated to raising awareness of the disease through talks across the UK. They spread the word about symptoms, screening and risk factors to a range of audiences.
Our campaign supporters are making real change happen for people with bowel cancer by taking action and putting bowel cancer on the political agenda, while our fundraising volunteers show their support and passion for the cause at our fundraising events and challenges, or placing collection tins in the community.
Since the previous Volunteers’ Week:
Iain Kerr, who started volunteering with us in 2016, says: “I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2014. At first it was a bombshell – I was all over the place. However, within a few days I made the personal decision to fight this disease, face the future positively, and use whatever time I had for others. I so enjoy going out to workplaces and community groups to meet people, share the knowledge I have gained, and hopefully influence people to care for themselves and others. I often say in my talks that if by doing this I save one life then it is worth every effort. Being a volunteer with Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer is such a positive experience. You are made to feel part of a team striving to make a difference and ultimately save lives.”
How to get involved
There are plenty of ways you can get involved in Volunteers’ Week this year: