Teenage Cancer Trust and me

When I was young I lost a good friend aged 14 to cancer. Back in the 80s charities like Teenage Cancer Trust were unheard of, so there was little support. After attending the Teenage Cancer Trust’s shows at the Royal Albert Hall for the last 4 years I got to a stage in my life where I wanted to give something back. By volunteering, my support is helping the charity at events and increasing their profile to a wider audience.

The event

This year’s London Marathon was a great experience for me; it was humbling to see the range of emotions as the runners finished. Even through the pain, and some tears, there was an overwhelming sense of achievement by each of them, young and old.

As an end of race helper it was amazing to be able to applaud their efforts and in some cases almost carry them back to the reception area for refreshments and a well-deserved massage. I feel that anything I can do to help out as a volunteer makes a difference. I really enjoy participating in these events as they bring my skills and experience from work to help a different organisation.