With the start of Volunteers' Week today, our Chief Executive Angela Culhane celebrates the 2,000 men and women who give their time every year to help beat prostate cancer and explains why they're such an important part of the team.

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1 Jun 2016

In my time as Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK, I’ve met many of our volunteers.

I’ve walked with them, following their footprints during Jeff’s March down the spine of the UK. I’ve worked with them, and used their input to help shape and influence key programmes and activities. I’ve listened to them, heard why they volunteer, and spoken of the tragic loss of partners and loved ones. I’ve marvelled at their individual spirit and collective determination, and witnessed how powerful it can be.

Angela with Jeff

This year, we launched an ambitious new strategy – 10 years to tame prostate cancer – at London City Hall, and asked a panel of experts to discuss in front of an audience how we can make our plans a reality. Having a volunteer on the panel was a no-brainer. Diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2003, Ian Liston has volunteered for Prostate Cancer UK on countless occasions, and his input at our launch – explaining how he had benefited from clinical trials, was one of the highlights of the night.

Volunteers are part of the team at Prostate Cancer UK. It’s that simple

Volunteers are part of the team at Prostate Cancer UK. It’s that simple. Ask any member of staff what they’re working on at the moment – be it a fundraising event, a campaign, or information development – and the chances are high that a volunteer will be involved somewhere along the line.

Office volunteers

We’ve got volunteers who work in our offices, volunteers who collect cheques, support events, raise money, and campaign for change. We’ve got bucket collectors, social media volunteers, photographers, speakers, writers, case studies, literature reviewers, peer support volunteers – the list goes on and on, as does the energy of the 2,000 men and women who volunteer for us every year.

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On behalf of everyone at Prostate Cancer UK, I’d like to thank all of our volunteers – past, present, and future – for their support. It may be National Volunteers Week, but we celebrate our volunteers 365 days of the year.

Interested in volunteering with us too? Search for an opportunity that suits you.

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