Why did you decide to volunteer for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation?
To be honest the primary reason for volunteering was that my partner works at the charity, but I found that I really enjoy volunteering and getting involved especially with such an important cause as lung cancer. It gives me great experiences and I get to meet and work with many new people; for someone who is not originally from UK I felt this was very important. Before joining the RCLCF volunteering family I wasn't aware how many people are affected by this horrible illness. Meeting sufferers and their families allowed me to understand how much support these people need and how much it means to them to be supported by the charity.
How long have you volunteered for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation?
From the moment I moved to Liverpool, so for the last 2.5 years.
Describe what kinds of things you have done for the charity?
I have been a cheerer at many running and cycling events across the UK, worked with the team on strictly ballroom (which I found one of the best events ever!), managed stalls at the Christmas Festive Fun Day and Spooky Welly Walk (these introduced me to many unique English traditions), and helped my partner with the majority of his challenge events, like Tough Mudder, RideLondon, Skydives, London Nightrider and many more, supporting and cheering on many amazing fundraisers. Apparently I have attended over 40 events for the charity, and I've enjoyed every one of them. On top of my volunteering I have also been a fundraising participant for the charity, raising over £6,000 and completing Tough Mudder, Great Manchester Cycle, Color Run, and I even climbed Mount Kilimanjaro!
What is your favourite thing about being a volunteer?
Volunteering for RCLCF not only created an opportunity to get to know Liverpool and allowed me to travel around the UK's largest cities and countryside, but it also gave me a chance to meet many amazing people and hear their unique stories. Taking part in events and watching what people are going through and knowing why, encourages me to continue to support them. It's a great feeling to hear participants talk of fantastic support by their cheerers and volunteers, I know from taking part myself just how important cheer squads are and so volunteering gives me the chance to help others to keep on going.