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.

Emma's story

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 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."

Peter's story

Peter joined us a volunteer in 2012, a year after sadly losing his wife Wendy, to a GBM brain tumour, aged just 54.

“If I had been told that in this day and age, a fit 54 year old could be diagnosed with a terminal illness, have all the treatment available, and still not survive for 6 months - I would not have believed it. Until it happened."

Having cared for Wendy whilst she was unwell, Peter has a unique insight into brain tumours from a carers perspective and was motivated to share this with others.

Julie's story

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.

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.

Cariss' story

My name is Cariss and I am a local community ambassador for The Brain Tumour Charity. I was diagnosed with a grade 3 olio-astrocytoma in 2014. Following this diagnosis I researched brain tumours and was shocked and disgusted to learn how little government funding is given to researching this illness despite the horrifying fact that this is the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.

But when I look around at events like The Twilight Walk, Row for it! and all other fundraising events I attend on behalf of The Charity in my role as ambassador, I am reminded that I do have a family –the Brain Tumour family – and now my purpose is to help them and anyone affected by this illness in any way that I can.

Jo's story

"My daughter, Charlotte, was diagnosed with a brain tumour seven years ago when she was 16. It took nearly five months for her to be finally diagnosed which had a lasting impact on her health.