There is no way Lee and I could do on our own. We are still both running the charity around our full time jobs and even if we wasn't working full time we could not achieve what we have without the help of others.
During volunteer week we have to give recognition to our amazing volunteers. Whenever they can give their time to helping us and putting a smile on others faces. They are like us working people, who when they are not working simply want to find a way to make a difference to their community. This is not because they are paid to do it but because they genuinely care and want to do it. We are really lucky to have them, so this post is to highlight the amazing work that is done by these truly special individuals.
Lee has known Keith since he was 15 and I have known Keith since I have known Lee which is 12 years. We have seen the caring side of Keith from when he worked with people who were vulnerable and had learning difficulties. We saw how much he helped make a difference to the daily lives of people and that is something we both admired and respected.
Keith was there during the time Lee mum had cancer. After Lee dad passed away during this time he would help Lee do jobs around the house for his mum. He has always been with us throughout our experience of Lee mum getting to the point where she is now in remission from cancer.
We never asked Keith to volunteer he became part of the charity from day one. He has always been willing to go out his way to help us. Keith is involved I'm every aspect of the charity and is someone that will always make time to be there in whatever capacity we need him.
He has been a photographer our fundraising events. Anyone who is willing to stand in the freezing conditions that he has been subjected to just to take photos to capture the memories of our charity deserves a medal,
He is there to help us make gift bags and support us at any event we have where he can. Week in week out he attends Northampton General Hospital with us to help hand out the gift bags.
He never moans, complains or wants anything I'm return. All he cares about is making a difference to others.
We think you are amazing and can't thank him enough for helping us you achieve so much with our charity.
Laura contacted us via Instagram offering to help us in any capacity but racing. We met Laura at Starbucks and we liked her from day 1. She was truly passionate about making a difference to others and getting involved in the community. She was already volunteering at Age UK in addition to her day job, yet she still wanted to make time to help us.
We learnt Laura had lost her mum to cancer. She had done Brave The Shave for cancer. We couldn't wait for someone so willing to help others to join us.
Laura has been there every step of the way. Laura has helped us put the gift bags together, suggested ideas for new gift bags and is there every Friday to help hand them out.
Laura has guest blogged for us and in this we were touched about how she viewed volunteering for us and it had helped her through the grieving process with her mum. If you haven't read it please visit Laura's amazing blog page It's Character Building. This name is chosen because it was something her mum would say.
If it wasn't for social media we would never have met Laura We are pleased it allowed her to find us. She truly is a wonderful person and can't thank you enough for what you have done to help our charity.