Macmillan worker says charity couldn’t do its vital work without its volunteers

Jamie Davenport, Macmillan fundraising manager for north and coastal Lincolnshire
Jamie Davenport, Macmillan fundraising manager for north and coastal Lincolnshire

Anybody who has started a new job will know what it’s like. In those first few months, you try to do pretty much everything yourself – you want to impress.

When I started at Macmillan, I wanted to do everything.

It is so much more than a job to me, it is a cause close to my heart.

But then something finally twigs and you realise there is only so much one person can do.

You really do rely on and need people who can help you.

All sorts of people volunteers to do all sorts of things for Macmillan.

Talking in public, collecting money in supermarkets, and helping fundraising groups to name but a few roles.

In Gainsborough, we have a hugely inspiring group of people that form the local fundraising committee.

Since coming together in 2001, this group of friends has raised more than £320,000 for Macmillan, funding local support for people living with cancer.

Baking cakes, collecting in Morrisons and M&S, organising garden parties and much more.

I can’t do all of this on my own, but this wonderful group of people enjoy fundraising and raising awareness for Macmillan and I can’t thank them enough.

We owe a great debt to all our dedicated volunteers, so if any of the local team or those further afield in Lincolnshire are reading this, thank you for giving up your time to help us make a difference.

Another big thank you to all the people that got in touch over the last few weeks, wanting to know more about the new Gainsborough Not Alone service, which aims to support people living with cancer in their own home.

It’s fantastic that people want to help by volunteering their time to support neighbours and also fund raise to support the service.

If you’d like to volunteer for Macmillan, or for any other questions, you can contact me on 07595 091 384 or email jdavenport@macmillan.org.uk

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