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Rays of Hope - Connecting With Volunteers

David K
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07 Jul 2014

Recruiting Volunteers to our Branches and Fundraising Groups

This book is dedicated to the family of the Leukaemia Research Fund which in so many different ways has helped the Fund to become the Leading organisation dedicated to the eventual control of leukaemia; ever mindful that its emblem, the forget-me-not, is a memorial to those who have succumbed to the disease and for whom we wish more could have been done, but whose memory is the inspiration towards achieving the ultimate goal.” - Dedication from Dr Gordon Piller’s book, “Rays of Hope – The Story of the Leukaemia Research Fund,” (1994)

We all wear T-shirts with the phrase “Beat Blood Cancers” emblazoned across the front, run marathons, swim, sing, cycle, bungee jump, bake cakes, organise fashion shows, and even photograph ducks watching triathlons to get our message across and raise the vital funds needed to achieve “...the ultimate goal” which Dr Piller refers to. This is the ethos that will continue to carry us through until we finally Beat Blood Cancer, be it in 10, 20 or 100 years from now and we can’t do it without the help of our volunteers in the Branches and Fundraising Groups.

Leukaemia & Lymphoma research as we know it today was started as the Teesside Leukaemia Fund in October of 1960 by Mr & Mrs Eastwood following the death of their daughter Susan, aged 6 years and 10 months, in June of 1960.  Following the Eastwood’s example, more and more people affected by blood cancers formed Branches around the country as the word began to spread about the work they were doing.

The Branches not only raised funds, but offered support, advice and most importantly friendship to people joining their groups who were going through similar experiences. Dr Piller accurately calls the Branches a family and this is the spirit that drives our Branches and Fundraising Groups.

This spirit is still very much ingrained in the Branches today and many of the friendships formed over 50 years ago are still going strong. Despite all the fantastic progress that has been made, we need to continue on with our vital work. A few of the Branches and Fundraising Groups are now closing due to many of the original volunteers no longer being with us, or not physically able to continue with their fundraising due to ill health. Despite this, in the 2013/14 financial year, the Branches and Fundraising Groups raised an amazing £1,414,920, which would not have been possible if it was not for the drive and commitment of each and every person involved.

Over the next 12 weeks, I will be posting answers given by 12 of our volunteers to a series of questions to help inspire others to start or join a Branch or Fundraising group so that we can Beat Blood Cancers. Please spread the word about these blogs to help us connect with more people

All the best

Dave

Comments

08.07.2014

Great blog, David.

Volunteers and local branches are at the heart of the charity and we wouldn't be where we are today without the spirit of the Branches. To raise almost £1,500,000 is incredible and goes to show that volunteers and local Branches influence extends well beyond helping out at events and spreading awareness about the charity.

As a blood cancer survivor myself, I cannot thank them enough for the incredible work that they've done and are continuing to do to give people like me a second chance at life. Thank you! 

08.07.2014

Thanks Andy, I'm looking forward to hearing from people looking to get involved with us so they can see how our research has benefited people like you and all the other supporters and patients over the years

14.07.2014

Definitely!

We'll look to put this blog out on Facebook and social media with a request for volunteers so that should get you a few more volunteers - is there anything in particular that you'd like us to ask for volunteers for e.g. an event?

14.07.2014

Hi Andy, thanks that would be great if you could do that, I'll be positing the next blog in the next half hour too!

Theres no specific event at the moment but hopefully as things gather momentum on this we will get requests for volunteers at events or offers from people to do so and I will put them in touch with the relevant Branches 

 

Thanks

 

Dave