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Jo Bray - Connecting with Volunteers

David K
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14 Jul 2014

Jo chats to us about volunteering with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

This week’s blog is the first of our interviews with our volunteers. Jo Bray, Regional Chair for the Southwest and Chair of our Bristol Branch has kindly agreed to give us insight into why she volunteers for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Hi Jo, can you give us a bit of background about your involvement with us?

In 2006 my Mum, Susan was diagnosed with CML and it was a bit of a shock to say the least. Mum, Leukaemia, I thought only children got that. How naive you can be…
I wanted to find out more and came across LLR, then found that there was a local group in Bristol. It was quite a number of years before I approached them, and before I knew it I was knee deep in fundraising. I initially helped out at events and then after 6 months, offered my services as Chairman of the Bristol Branch in 2009 and have never looked back. I have also been the Chairman for the South Western Region since 2011 and had the privilege of sitting on the Board of Trustees for three years.

What drives you to keep fundraising?

In a word, Mum…she is doing well, her treatment is the 'wonder drug' Glivec and she has good and bad days, but is still here. If it wasn't for the research that has been carried out who knows what may have happened. I don't want other families to have to go through the same thing and I will keep fundraising to help the fabulous scientists carry on their amazing work!

What do you do to recruit more people to the Bristol Branch?

We hold events in the local area to get our name out and about. We are on Facebook and Twitter and keep in touch with people via email. Mostly its word of mouth and people being pointed in our direction for help. We also help many individuals who want to run their own events with advice, publicity and materials to use.

What do you get from volunteering with us?

A sense of achievement and a fantastic feeling when you are able to help someone. You also get to meet so many new people, from all walks of life and all age groups, its very humbling. 

If someone were to ask you how your activities have helped you personally, what would you say?

It has helped me become a more confident person. Has made me less selfish; there are unfortunately many more people out there who are going through worse ordeals than me. I have also learnt so much about finance, organisational skills, basic science and fundraising. They are all invaluable skills and it wouldn't have happened without LLR.

 

I'd like to thank Jo for taking the time to share her story with us.

If you would like more information on the Bristol, or any of our other Branches then please do contact me on 0131 524 1321 or dkennedy@beatingbloodcancers.org.uk.

The first in this series of these blogs can be found here

 

Comments

15.07.2014

A great interview Dave and Jo!

15.07.2014

Great interview! Interesting to hear Jo talk about how it's made her more confident and less selfish. Volunteering is a great thing to do, makes a huge difference and really makes a difference to the charity and blood cancer patients - we wouldn't be able to do any of what we do without them!