Macmillan Cancer Support appeal for more volunteers in the Rugby area

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A LEADING cancer charity has thanked Warwickshire volunteers – and appeals for more

Macmillan Cancer Support is offering a huge thank you to all its volunteers across Warwickshire who have helped the charity improve the lives of people affected by cancer over the last 100 years. As the charity celebrates its centenary year, staff and current volunteers are aiming to encourage even more local people to join Macmillan.

Macmillan Cancer Support needs people willing to take on a huge variety of tasks, from organising and promoting fundraising events to helping out with administration, campaigning and giving practical support.

The charity is making the call to coincide with national Volunteers’ Week, which runs until Tuesday, in recognition of the many successes that couldn’t have been achieved without volunteers.

Karen Shortt, Macmillan’s fundraising manager for Warwickshire, said: “We’re very grateful for all the time and hard work people across Warwickshire have given to help Macmillan. We know we wouldn’t be one of the UK’s leading cancer support charities without our volunteers.

This year we have a new website dedicated to thanking volunteers, so why not take a look at http://www.biggestthankyou.org.uk/

“We’re always looking for new people to join us and we have a huge variety of tasks people can get involved in. You don’t need experience, just lots of enthusiasm and a desire to help.

You’ll meet lots of new people, learn new skills and find out all about how Macmillan works.  And most importantly you’ll know that everything you do is helping Macmillan support people affected by cancer.”

One woman who understands the benefits of volunteering is Lisa Cooper. Lisa said “The days I spend in my local Macmillan fundraising office are the highlight of my week. It is such a rewarding and positive environment to work in. I have had opportunities to become involved in a variety of events such as collections and being a cheerleader at a local running event, which was brilliant fun. I can’t wait to start my own Macmillan volunteer fundraising group and would definitely encourage others to volunteer. It is a great way to meet new people and be a part of a life changing organisation.”

To find out about volunteering for Macmillan visit www.macmillan.org.uk/volunteer, call 01676 535452 or email covandwarks@macmillan.org.uk.