It's great to feel part of the team

Ian's Story

Ian joined Hope as a volunteer in 2014. He explains why he decided to support our Charity:

“During the spring and summer of 2013, I spent a lot of time in the Osborne oncology clinic at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, as my wife, Sue was being treated for lung cancer. Throughout the building there were posters promoting Hope Against Cancer’s work.

Although Sue didn’t survive, I was deeply impressed with the commitment and skills of all who treated her. In her name, I have collected and donated money to Hope.

“I chose to stop formal, paid work in the spring of 2014, and decided to volunteer at Hope’s office. Giving money is essential, but in a small and focussed charity, time and commitment are equally important. As a volunteer I have used by former contacts to gain the support of Great Central Railway and Arriva buses for the Bold and Blue day. Hope is growing as a Charity, and it is great to feel part of the team that is making this happen.

I have first hand experience of what cancer can do to lives. Research that leads to better diagnosis and treatment is essential if we are to reduce the number of people and families that have to go through what Sue and I did. By volunteering I feel that I am making a contribution to this vital work.”