To coincide with Volunteers' Week which runs from 1-7 June, we're appealing for more volunteers to help with our flagship event, Walk for Hope. 

Walk for Hope is a ten and twenty-mile sponsored walk taking place in Burley, New Forest, on Sunday 10 June to raise money to support people living with cancer across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. 

 

Rachel Coombs, Wessex Cancer Trust's event manager, said:

Two hundred and sixty eight cancer survivors, patients and supporters have already signed up for Walk for Hope - that's 168 more than last year. Event volunteers are central to the success of the day, and we'd love to hear from anyone who can help with things like marshalling, registering our walkers and handing out medals and refreshments.

 

Run by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Volunteers' Week is an annual campaign which recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day. Their research shows that as well as helping others, volunteering also improves volunteers' wellbeing.

 

Indya Mclaren, who started volunteering with us in January 2017, said:

Giving something back is such a good feeling, and it's also helped me to develop new skills and given me so many different experiences.

 

For more information on how you can get involved with Walk for Hope, click here. If you'd like to volunteer, please email Rachel Coombs at [email protected].

 

Volunteering Facts   

  • In 2015, volunteering output contributed an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy. This is equivalent to approximately 1.2% of GDP (1)

  • In 2016/7, 19.8 million of people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year, and 11.9 million of people did so at least once a month (2)

  • There are 165,081 voluntary organisations in the UK, many of whom rely on volunteers (3)

  • Lots of volunteering also takes place within the public and private sector. For example, there are an estimated 3 million people volunteering in health and care (4)

1, UK Civil Society Almanac 2017 2, Community Life Survey 2016-17 3, UK Civil Society Almanac 2017 4, http:/www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/volunteering-health-and-care