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.

Hayley's story

What do you do as a Christmas Angel?

Being a Christmas Angel is really simple to do as The Charity sends you samples of cards and order forms that you can circulate around friends/family and colleagues. The selection of cards, wrap and little gifts is fab. I held a Christmas bake sale and sold cards from The Charity at my husband's work which made around £400. It's a really fun and easy way to fundraise and raise awareness for The Brain Tumour Charity.

What do you enjoy most about your role with The Charity?

I think that the work that The Charity does in terms of research and also support is amazing and I really love being able to give something back. I have met some incredible people through volunteering who have been affected directly and indirectly by a brain tumour and I will do everything in my power to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure.

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Deborah's story

Deborah, has been part of our Research Involvement Network as a volunteer since 2015.

What do you in your role?

We review applications and give our opinion about how important and how practical we think they are. We also attend panel discussions, and review clinical summaries of trials. It's really easy to join and there's loads of support if needed – you can do as little or as much as you want.

What difference has volunteering made to you?

I've really enjoyed being part of the group and it's been a really positive experience in our journey so far, but most importantly it's about building links between patients, carers and researchers so that we can work together to ensure our experiences shape the future of research.

Rosemary's story

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.

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.

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