Marie Curie staff describe how our volunteers make such a difference

Thousands of people volunteer with Marie Curie on a regular basis to help us care for people living with a terminal illness. To celebrate Volunteers’ Week we spoke to staff at Marie Curie and asked them to share some stories with us about the fantastic things that our volunteers do.


Expert Voices Group


Kathy, Katie and Carol of our Expert Voices Group
Kathy, Katie and Carol of our Expert Voices Group

The Expert Voices are a group of volunteers who use their experience of caring for someone at the end of life to represent the voice of patients and carers. Claire O’Neill, Patients and Families Involvement Development Manager says, “It’s impossible to overstate the impact this group has on the charity. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the members in giving us their time to share often very painful memories so that we can make things better for future patients and families.”


Reception and Administration volunteers


Admin volunteers Ken Campbell and Liz Couper
Admin volunteers Ken Campbell and Liz Couper

Over 30 dedicated volunteers help at reception at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh, making it significantly easier to keep the busy reception desk staffed and ready to welcome visitors all day. Veronika Mathers, Admin Supervisor, tells us about the dedication of her volunteers. “The Reception and Admin volunteers at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh always throw themselves into their roles so willingly. They care so much about Marie Curie’s work. They give up their valuable time to work hard and to a high standard. They pick up extra shifts and are always so reliable. It means a lot to me and the hospice. Hats off to you all!”


John Michael Flynn, Celebrity Team Intern


John Michael Flynn
John Michael Flynn

John Michael recently joined Marie Curie as a Celebrity Team Intern. A recent graduate from the University of Leicester, John Michael is interested in moving into working with celebrities within the third sector and has come to Marie Curie to gain vital experience of the day-to-day demands of such a role. Ariane Buteux, Celebrity and VIP Manager says, "John Michael is building his experience by helping coordinate celebrity support at events including the London and Housebuilder Brain Games, alongside office-based duties such as producing stewardship materials and research and admin support. He is doing some fantastic work and we are all really grateful for his support." How are you celebrating Volunteers’ Week? Share your ideas with us @mariecurieuk using #volunteersweek.