Volunteers Week 2018

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Volunteers’ Week 2018


From 1st-7th June, we celebrated our amazing team of volunteers, thanking them for the difference they make at Cancer Fund for Children. Volunteers’ Week is the UK’s biggest annual celebration recognising the contribution of the 22 million people who volunteer in their communities.

At Cancer Fund for Children, our volunteers play a vital role in helping us to raise awareness and  deliver our range of services for families affected by cancer.


Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

During Volunteers’ Week, we held a celebration evening in Belfast Castle, as a special thank you to our volunteers for everything they do to make a difference. During the evening, we were absolutely delighted to share the fantastic news that they had been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award recognised their continued dedication and generosity in giving up their time to help us deliver vital services for families affected by cancer in Northern Ireland.

There were audible gasps and cheers in the room when the news was announced, and lots of beaming faces when volunteers were awarded their special pin badges. It was definitely a night to remember.


Volunteering For All


We are so fortunate to have an amazing team of volunteers who give up their time so generously to help support families affected by cancer.

Whether it’s volunteering at bucket collections, helping to support families at Daisy Lodge or playing a vital role on our Board, each and everyone of them really do make a difference.

Naomi Braithwaite, Family Fundraiser, explains how important volunteers are at Cancer Fund for Children.

“We are so fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteers who give up their time and skills so that we can continue to provide families whose lives have been impacted by cancer with vital support in their home, in the community and in hospital. Volunteers Week is the perfect time to celebrate our volunteers and also inspire others to get involved.

“There are many reasons why people choose to volunteer. For many, it is an opportunity to do something positive and to help children and young people with cancer and their families. For others, they simply have spare time that they wish to give, or they would like to gain valuable work experience. By giving a little of their time, our volunteers make the difference”


Why I Volunteer


Peter Shields volunteers within our Fundraising Team. He explains why he gives up his time to support our work.

“I volunteer in the fundraising side of the charity, helping out with things like bucket collections and events such as the Giant Coastal Challenge. I’d heard about Cancer Fund for Children through my employer because they are one of our partner charities.

“What motivated me to get involved was that a lot of people have been touched by cancer in my family, and I lost my Dad when I was 27. Seeing how the charity supports families affected by cancer is just fantastic. I would encourage anyone considering volunteering to just do it. It’s so much, you meet lots of new people and it’s great knowing you are making a difference.”


We Need You


At Cancer Fund for Children, we truly value the unique and special skills volunteers can bring to help us support children and young people affected by cancer.

Check out our current volunteering opportunities here.

If you’re interested in volunteering or finding out more about how you can make a difference, please call us on 028 90 80 5599 or email ashleigh@cancerfundforchildren.com

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