Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, influence and information. We support research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses. This pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
But sadly, one in two people will get cancer in their lifetime. The scale of our challenge is huge, and it’s going to take a community to beat it – donors, researchers, nurses, partners and volunteers.
We’ve been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years. Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Our ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer.
We are fortunate to be supported by around 30,000 people who donate their time, and are hugely important to all aspects of our work.”
But none of this can happen without our volunteers. We are fortunate to be supported by around 30,000 people who donate their time, and are hugely important to all aspects of our work. Our volunteers help us keep our shops open, make our events possible, raise awareness about cancer, put the fun into fundraising, and campaign for change. They are the central part of our movement of people passionate about beating cancer.
Cancer Research UK Brighton Shop Manager, Carla tells us about the ‘magic’ which underpins this sense of community:
“I feel so lucky with the team we have. We have around 18 volunteers with us at the moment; ranging in age from an 18-year-old doing her Duke of Edinburgh award, to a lovely lady in her 90s.
We occasionally take on foreign students who are here for three or four months which has been great and it helps with their English. It also teaches us about other peoples’ backgrounds and I like when the team intermingle with others.
I feel so lucky with the team we have.”
A lot of the volunteers have had struggles – loved ones passing away, breakups, depression – but everyone’s there for each other. We all talk to each other. People ask me how I’ve managed to create such a positive environment in the shop. But I don’t know really; it’s like a bit of magic.”
Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on vital donations from the public and time generously given by volunteers. Together with our donors, partners and volunteers, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Together we will beat cancer.
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