Meet our volunteers
Our volunteers play a vital role in helping us to achieve our goals. Read about members of our volunteer team, what they do and why they enjoy volunteering for The Charity.
What made you decide to support The Charity?
Our involvement with the charity began after my mother’s death in 2016. Having lost both my parents to Brain Tumours in little more than 5 years, I chose The Brain Tumour Charity as one of the charities to benefit from donations at her funeral. A little over a month after her death, my daughter Emma and I took part in The Twilight walk in Windsor again raising some more funds for the charity, despite a 10k walk being of little challenge to either of us. Six months later Emma took part in her first half marathon in Bath again fundraising for the charity, I went along to support her and this was my first experience at a cheer point with the Brain Tumour Charity.
Living near to Bath I also volunteer at the Bath Half Marathon. Working full time and also a regular volunteer with Girl guiding these are roles that currently fit in with my life, although I know that when I have more time available, I will definitely consider other volunteer opportunities within the charity.
We are also passionate about creating awareness of the charity and although not fundraising take part in various events wearing our Brain Tumour Charity tops – this year we have taken part in the London Vitality 10k, and along with my husband Prudential Ride London and Emma The Royal Parks half marathon. When taking part in an event you really do appreciate the great support of the cheer points along the route!
What do you enjoy about volunteering?
This year volunteering has become more of a family affair with my son Ben joining the cheer squad in Kingston when we did Ride London and my husband Keith volunteering as a photographer for the Royal Parks Half Marathon.
Volunteering with the charity is like being part of a big family, despite it being one that we would all rather not be part of; but all working towards one aim “a world where brain tumours are defeated”.
What do you do as a Young Ambassador?
As a Young Ambassador I try to raise as much awareness as possible for brain tumours, whether it’s at events or though social media.
What do you enjoy most about getting involved with The Charity as a volunteer?
Making friends with the other Young Ambassadors. We have all been thought something very similar and nobody can or will ever take that away from us.
Tell us about your role as a volunteer
I volunteer in the head office at The Brain Tumour Charity every Monday and Wednesday morning. I help with orders from the shop or for fundraising, and help get them sent out.
What made you decide to volunteer?
I had passed The Charity before as I live in the area, but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and I was getting ready to retire, that I thought about volunteering. My son was actually the one who really encouraged me to do it.
I thought it was an obvious place to volunteer. And by volunteering in the head office it was also like a continuation of the work I’d been doing as I was working in an office before, so it was familiar to me. Plus, all the staff at The Brain Tumour Charity are so wonderful, it was a pleasure to come down here.
So, that was it, I started volunteering in 2014 - that was five years ago now.
What have you found most fulfilling about volunteering?
I just enjoy being down here and being part of the team. It’s knowing you’re doing something useful and being part of a team working towards defeating brain tumours, and helping to cure them - it’s so fulfilling.
What would you say to others who’d like to volunteer?
Come and give it a try. I’ve enjoyed it and the staff here are very friendly and helpful.
What do you do as a volunteer in the community?
I am a Community Volunteer for The Brain Tumour Charity in North East England. This means that I go along to events or fundraisers that people have set up to support the charity, so that I can thank them on behalf of the charity for all that they've done. I also give talks about HeadSmart to community groups, so that I can raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people within my local area.
At the same time, as a person with a brain tumour myself who regularly uses the charity's services, I hope that it feels meaningful to those who've taken the time to fundraise to have someone thank them first-hand, and for them to know that the money they are raising helps people in their local area. It's also very important to me to raise awareness of childhood or teenage brain tumour symptoms; as I myself displayed some of the symptoms on HeadSmart cards in my teenage years and could potentially have been diagnosed earlier. I think that the HeadSmart initiative's aim to reduce diagnosis times to under 4 weeks is vital in saving more lives and I'm proud to play my part in making that happen.
What do you enjoy most about getting involved with The Charity?
I most enjoy meeting like-minded people who are all united in raising money for this cause, even though they are each so wildly different from one another: from call centres to high street shops, church groups to rock band nights. I never quite know what's coming next when anyone from the charity asks, "Angela, we have a group of people we'd like you to meet..." I'm excited about where my volunteer role might take me next, and even moreso about the people I'll meet along the way.
We recently caught up with one of our newest head office volunteers, Rosemary, to hear more about what inspired her to volunteer with us.
Tell us about your role as a volunteer
I work closely with the Healthcare Engagement Team in Farnborough, supporting the team to process requests for information packs and leaflets. Primarily, I put together and dispatch the Patient Information Pack, which provides support and information to newly diagnosed brain tumour patients.
What inspired you to start volunteering with us?
After a break from work and a house move, I was looking for something new to become involved with.
I'm glad to be able to support others going through a similar situation, my personal experience helped to highlight the importance of increasing awareness of brain tumours, providing information and support to patients and families and in attracting research into this healthcare area.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering with The Charity?
It's a relatively small charity and people are really friendly. It's particularly meaningful to be involved in a cause when you've known someone who has suffered from the illness, it's a place where there is genuine sympathy and understanding for what families and friends have also been through, there is real passion behind the work that everyone does.