A few members of Pink on Wight, one of our fantastic volunteer groups, tell us a bit more about their experience and how they got involved.
Pink on Wight are our fantastic volunteer group on the Isle of Wight, the group is made up of volunteers from across the island. They have held many events over the years, raising over £47,000. Last year they collected in supermarkets, on-board car ferries and were present at both the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival on our behalf. As well as this, they were involved with organising pub quizzes, bowling nights, boot sales and even a skydive. Here they tell us how they got involved with volunteering.
I had wanted to volunteer for Breast Cancer Campaign for quite some time but wasn't sure how to go about it. I felt the time was right for me after being cancer free for four years and knowing what a difference it would make if I could raise funds and awareness at the same time. I received such great support and treatment when I was diagnosed, I really wanted to give something back and prove to other sufferers that life is good after diagnosis and offer them the some support
The Pink on Wight Team show that anything is possible. When we get the chance to look reflect on the year and see what we have done, it is amazing for us, and all the team pull together to get results.
In 2013 two of my friends discovered they had breast cancer and it really brought it home how devastating the condition is. Every day research has a role in improving care and treatment; it is critical that we continue to support this. One has completed her treatment and is feeling fit and well. The other is still battling with complications and bravely continuing with her treatment. No two stories are the same but if we can be at the point where there are more success stories the better. When you hear the stories of triumph you hope that in some small way the volunteer work you do plays a part.
I enjoy being out in the community raising awareness and working with inspiring and dedicated people like Leanne, Joy, Estelle and Angela; all beacons of light who work tirelessly for the campaign. I don’t know how they do it. We have a lot of fun and laugh a lot.
I first heard about Pink on Wight from a friend. I had some spare time and the group seemed to have so much fun working together. I have really enjoyed meeting lots of new people – it is good to be part of raising awareness within our community and also to take part within the many local events that we attend. I really like Breast Cancer Campaign, we get a lot of support from Head Office, and I know that all our fundraising goes towards research
In February 2011 I became secretary to the Isle of Wight’s group Pink on Wight. Four years in and £47,000 later we are continuing to say POW!! to breast cancer.
Being part of a group makes me feel a great sense of achievement; I look forward to getting together with the ladies for our monthly meetings, catching up, having a bite to eat and of course discussing plans. When out and about we get to meet all sorts of interesting people and hear their stories, it’s inspiring to listen to the journeys they have been on.
Thinking about joining a regional group? Give it a go, you having nothing to lose but lots to gain. Don't be afraid of the commitment, it is totally up to you how much time you want to give, any input is very much appreciated. We are all individual and all have our own stories and reasons behind why we want to volunteer for campaign. As long as we are working together, to achieve the same goal, we are heading in the right direction to finding a cure.
Follow Leanne's advice and volunteer for your local group today! If you'd like to find out more about joining a group in your area or have any questions, get in touch with our Community Engagement Team by completing our form.