Teenage Cancer Trust and me
I am currently a few weeks into a 3-month voluntary placement in Teenage Cancer Trust’s Regional Fundraising team. I was already aware of the organisation’s work, particularly the incredible achievements of campaigner Stephen Sutton, and when I read about the voluntary opportunity at TeamLondon.co.uk I applied immediately!
Having experienced cancer in my own family I am acutely aware of the devastating emotional and physical impact that the disease can have, and as a young person I am also conscious of the added social pressures experienced by many teenagers.
My role as Regional Fundraising volunteer has allowed me to help the charity put into practice their various fundraising schemes. I have been given the opportunity to contact and provide support for our incredible representatives in events such as the Great North Run, and have also gained invaluable experience compiling databases of information about volunteer centres across the country.
I have also gained insight into the application system for donations from trust funds, but the main reason why I have enjoyed my time so far at Teenage Cancer Trust is the welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in the workplace.
I have never felt bored or useless during my time at Teenage Cancer Trust; I have been given a steady by entirely reasonable stream of tasks and have always felt able to ask my supervisior for help. The idea that I’m assisting the charity to directly help young people is extremely rewarding, and I would strongly recommend a voluntary placement at the charity to all those with an interest in improving the quality of life for teenagers living with cancer.