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.
Emma was one of the 110 volunteers who helped to make The Twilight Walk series a success. After being diagnosed with a grade 2 brainstem glioma in 2015, Emma wanted to make a positive contribution to the fight against brain tumours and meet other people who understood what she was going through.
"I volunteered because I really wanted to help The Charity in any way I could. Due to the location of my tumour I sometimes lose feeling in my limbs, so volunteering was the perfect way for me to be involved in the walk.
"Everyone was really accommodating and made sure that I was okay during the day. It was really nice to be surrounded by people who understood"
"I enjoyed every bit of the day. The other volunteers and staff were really kind and everyone taking part in the walk was so friendly and motivated! It was great to talk to them and hear their stories too. Knowing we were all there helping to do something good for a cause that means so much to me was really special."
This charity is close to my heart because I lost my mom to a brain tumour. My mom was only 62 and she was my best friend! 18 months after this, her close friend who she used to work with phoned me to say that she now had a brain tumour and within two years – she passed away.
Mom was taken into hospital on 10th April in 2000 and after three weeks of being treated for a stroke, a CT scan revealed that she had a brain tumour. A biopsy revealed that she had a grade 3 glioma. The hospital said that there was nothing they could do except to possibly offer radiotherapy to prolong long her life. Quality of life did not seem to be considered.
On starting my volunteering with The Brain Tumour Charity I chose to be a Collection Tin Co-ordinator as it meant that I could continue making the most of my outgoing skills as well as to continue to work as part of a team.
"At the time my mom was diagnosed, there was no information or support available. If you went to research on the internet, the only organisation was London based.
"We had nowhere to turn. I vowed then, that when I had the opportunity, I would do something towards ensuring that other families who found themselves in the same position as us, did not have to suffer in silence and could get the information they needed to help them cope."
Julie took part in The Twilight Walk in Chester.
What I enjoy most about working for The Charity is that it provides you with a 'feel good feeling' and the variety of things I get to do. The Charity is so appreciative of all that you do, no matter how great or how small, and as a volunteer there is no pressure.