The work carried out by Friends of the Cancer Centre simply wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers.

These incredible people give up their valuable time to make a real and lasting difference to the charity.  Many of our volunteers have been with the charity since its beginning 30 years ago and we’re very lucky to have a growing volunteer base.  We're always on the look out for new volunteers who would like to give a little time - even a few hours - to help the charity.  If you would like to find out more about volunteer opportunities, please email our fundraising team at info@friendsofthecancercentre.com or call us on 028 9069 9393.

 

If you want to find out what volunteering for us is like, take a read over our volunteer stories below.

Our Volunteers

Aaron

 

Aaron Watson from Bangor has a voice that many of you will recognise. 

As a voice over artist, he is a familiar sound on your radio but since November 2019, Aaron has been using his voice for a very different reason.  Aaron is encouraging men across Northern Ireland to get checking their testicles.  And there is a good reason why.  When he was just 22 years old, Aaron was diagnosed with testicular cancer. 

Now 40, Aaron is cancer free and has taken on the role of the charity's 'Talking Balls' Ambassador. His hope is that sharing his experience could help save someone’s life. 

Geoff

 

I’m actually a trustee of the charity, but I also volunteer in the office one day a week and lend a hand on the finance and accounting side. I’ve been involved with Friends of the Cancer Centre since I retired as co-director in the Belfast Trust in 2011 and I can’t praise the team enough for the work that they do.

I also take on personal fundraising challenges such as the Camino Cycle Challenge, Mizen to Malin Cycle and Belvoir Park Walk in order to raise money for Friends of the Cancer Centre.  While raising funds is great, I really do enjoy coming in and being part of the team.  Having worked in the Cancer Centre myself, I know just how important the charity is and to be able to help them, even in a little way, is a great thing.

Jean

I’ve been volunteering for Friends of the Cancer Centre for over 12 years and I think I’m one of the longest serving volunteers. I first got involved with the charity when it was called Friends of Montgomery House and based at Belvoir Park Hospital. I started volunteering in the charity shop that was in the old hospital and when the charity moved to the new site at Belfast City Hospital, I came along too. I now volunteer in the office every Friday and my main duty is to count the money in the collection cans which have been filled by our generous supporters.  I honestly love being part of such a great charity and being in the office each week I get to see the great work that the team does. I can also see the impact the money raised for the charity, each and every collection can, has and what it means to patients.  I love being part of the Friends of the Cancer Centre team.  It’s so rewarding.

Emer

I first started volunteering for Friends of the Cancer Centre during my school summer holidays and came in two days a week to help out in the office. My two sisters are radiotherapists in the Cancer Centre and they thought that I would really enjoy volunteering for them.  At the time I came in to help the team were sending out the charity newsletter, so my job was packing the newsletters into envelopes and getting them ready to post.  I loved my time there and it's a really busy office with lots going on.  I got great experience from it and felt like I was contributing to something that really matters. My family and I also fundraise for the charity and recently mum and I took part in the Take on the Tower Abseil which we loved.  Being in the office I see how important the charity is to the work that goes on in the Cancer Centre, so to be able to help is a great feeling.

Lynn

As a long-term supporter, Lynn Whan has volunteered in so many ways to make a difference to Friends of the Cancer Centre and the families we support.  As well as being Chair of the Dromore Fundraising Group, Lynn has taken part in personal challenges, volunteered at events and regularly organises fundraising and awareness activities at work.

Lynn explains why it is so important to help Friends of the Cancer Centre :

"I volunteer for Friends of the Cancer Centre because my family and I have experienced the generosity of this fantastic charity during my parents journey through cancer treatment. From the little cups of tea or coffee in the Bridgewater Suite, magazines to read while waiting on appointments or visiting, through to the support of Laura Croan the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Lymphona who was with my dad every step of the way. The charity really does make a big difference ! "

We’re always in need of volunteers to join our fabulous fundraising groups, help at events or in their local community, so if you have time to spare and would like to get involved, please get in touch to find out more.