Belfast Telegraph

We need volunteers, says cancer charity

Local woman Heather Eves is urging others to join her as a volunteer for the Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF).

The charity is urgently seeking new volunteers who can take part in a range of activities including driving patients to and from hospital appointments; attending health fairs, undertaking bucket collections, occasional evening reception duties at UCF headquarters and leading walking groups.

Heather, who has volunteered with UCF’s Family Support Service for almost three years, said: “Volunteering with UCF has been interesting, informative, challenging, satisfying, fun and much more. I get to work in areas which I think are important and I enjoy.

“I love being part of the team and its great knowing that I have UCF’s support, training and continuous guidance, which is crucial.

“I’d certainly recommend volunteering to others as it enlarges your world and brings a new perspective to it. Everyone has something to offer as a volunteer as we all bring different skills to the charity. If we all do something, no matter how big or small, it can make a real positive difference to cancer patients and their families in Northern Ireland.”

Morag Chambers, volunteer co-ordinator with UCF, said: “The latest service being developed is the provision of facilitated walking groups geared to the needs of people living with cancer and providing informal peer support alongside all the social and health benefits to be gained from outdoor group activities.

“We need help to organise the walking groups and would love to hear from anyone who enjoys walking and is interested in helping provide practical support for people dealing with a cancer diagnosis.”

Some volunteers provide door-to-door transport from home to hospital for patients who have a short-term need to attend regular hospital appointments.

“At present we need some extra help in the Belfast area so if you would like to make a difference, have a full driving|licence and access to a car please get in touch,” Morag said.

UCF also needs volunteers to help promote healthy living by going out to health fairs throughout Northern Ireland to talk to people and provide information.

Morag said the charity was looking for people with at least one weekday per month to spare for this. The charity is also looking for fundraisers. Full induction, appropriate training, on-going support and out of pocket expenses are provided. To find out more contact Morag on 9068 0773 or email moragchambers@ulstercancer.org

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