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Rachael Davies
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10 Jun 2016

Find out what Research Nurse, Zoe Boult has been up to to raise money for Bloodwise.

  1. Please can you tell us about how you first became involved with Bloodwise?

I work as a Research Nurse in University Hospital Wales Cardiff, which is one of 13 UK sites conducting clinical trials funded by Bloodwise's Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP). I work with a team of dedicated nurses who care for an inspirational group of patients volunteering to take part in clinical trials of new drugs and therapies for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. 

I signed up to a Charity Trek with a colleague and friend who had recently recovered from breast cancer, and chose to raise money for Bloodwise, a charity who not only support the research into blood cancers, but also do such an amazing job supporting the people living day to day with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. I hoped that this would perhaps be a small way to give something back to the people who selflessly give their time to helping us develop new treatments for cancer, knowing that the trials they take part in today may not necessarily help them, but will help people in the future.

2. Please can you tell us a little bit about the different voluntary activities you have been involved with to support Bloodwise?

I was tasked with raising a minimum amount of just under £4000 to be able to take part in the Trek in the Peruvian Andes in May 2015. Most people set themselves a year or 18 months to do this but I thought 4 months was enough - it was a busy 4 months! Fundraising included some very generous corporate donations, some very cold supermarket collections, a cake sale involving the good people of Dorset County Council and the baking skills of my Mum, an amazing amount of fundraising by my Dad's parish of Arlesey in Bedfordshire, several walks up Pen Y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, Dryanuary that lasted until March, a zip wire from the transporter bridge in Newport and the Trek itself which inspired many generous donations from friends and family.   

3.  What has been your most memorable experience whilst volunteering for Bloodwise?

Arriving at Machu Picchu, Peru after a challenging 4 days of cold, altitude sickness, amazing people we'd met less than a week before, and wonderful guides that supported us every step of the way. Completely overwhelming. 

4. What is your favourite thing about being a Bloodwise volunteer?

Meeting other volunteers, patients, their families, and members of the public who have been through, and are going through such difficult times with so much courage, and always have a smile for everyone they meet. 

5. Do you have any top tips for our volunteers when they are out and about representing Bloodwise?

Smile, have fun, learn something from the people you meet, challenge yourself, be a bit silly, be a bit brave & enjoy it!