Cancer Research UK started in 1902, working towards preventing, treating and ultimately beating cancer. Every step they make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, every hour and every person and every volunteer. One day they hope to beat cancer.
Cancer Research Falkirk has been based in Vicar Street for over 10 years, raising funds through its range of donated items for the organisation’s research towards curing cancer, with the help of its team of 15 volunteers and manager David Cummings.
David has supported many volunteers over the years, where their commitment to the cause drives forward their enthusiasm, spirit and strength. Volunteers work in designated areas within the shop, including books, media, bric-a-brac, and clothing. Within their area, they deal with merchandising, stock control, work on the till, and above all, deliver excellent customer service. The Falkirk branch places great importance on customer service, as they know it means people will remember their shop, and come back again and again to support their cause through donations and purchases.
Rona is retired, and says volunteering in the shop has given her the chance to meet new people since she joined the team over a year ago. She believes people should at least try volunteering – “You won’t know if you’ll like it if you don’t try!”
Jeanette came to volunteering with Cancer Research through David, who she knew beforehand. “I enjoy the company,” she says, as she felt like she “needed something to do.”
David is especially proud of his team and how well they work together, despite the differences in ages throughout the team. “They’re committed, but they have fun too.”
“Volunteers are the backbone of the organisation. We couldn’t do what we do without them. It’s great for personal development, and you can get as much out of it as you want.”
So during Volunteer’s Week, have a think about joining the armies of volunteers across the country. “Go on, give volunteering a go!” Jeanette says, and the rest of the team at Cancer Research agree.”