The difference our volunteers make

Volunteers at Marie Curie donate their skills in a wide variety of ways, from helping in our offices or raising funds in their communities to supporting terminally ill people in their homes. For Volunteers’ Week, some staff members tell us a bit about the difference the volunteers they work with make.

Marie Curie Helper Service, Liverpool


Helpers and admin volunteers at ‘Helen’s Daffodil Walk
Helpers and admin volunteers at ‘Helen’s Daffodil Walk'.


Marie Curie Helper volunteers offer one-to-one support and companionship to terminally ill people in their own homes. Christine O’Sullivan, Helper Service Manager, and Jan Hughes, Helper Service Administrator, would like to thank all 60 of their wonderful Helper volunteers, assessors and admin volunteers in Liverpool.

“Hearing about what our Helper volunteers do really inspires and motivates us”, says Christine. “We love to hear of our Helpers and the people they support enjoying a laugh together. Some of our Helpers and admin volunteers recently took part in ‘Helen’s Daffodil Walk’. Helen, the beautiful daughter of one of our Helper admin volunteers, was cared for by Marie Curie and died aged just 20. The walk raised an amazing £2,400 for our charity. Jan and I feel truly privileged to work with such committed volunteers, many of whom lead very busy lives but who make the time to support local terminally ill people and their families.”

Eric Stark, Volunteer Programme Manager


Eric Stark at our office in London
Eric Stark at our office in London.


Eric has been volunteering in the PR & Marketing team for the past six months to support Ann Davison, our Senior Insight Manager, having previously volunteered with two other departments. During the past 20 years he has also been a manager in the public sector and volunteered in his spare time with other charities ranging from the Red Cross to Barnardo’s.

Ann is very grateful to Eric for all his hard work: “Eric and I share the aim of wanting to help Marie Curie maximise its responsiveness to patients, families and supporters. It’s great to work with someone so committed to their concerns that he volunteers so regularly. Eric is a very supportive colleague – we all enjoy having him with us. And it’s nice to be able to find new areas of work to broaden his experience.”

Alyson Walsh, Chair of the Hampstead Fundraising Group


Alyson and the Hampstead Fundraising Group
Alyson and the Hampstead Fundraising Group.


Alyson first began volunteering with Marie Curie in 2006 and is the chair of the Hampstead Fundraising Group. The group recently held a collection for the Great Daffodil Appeal at the Brent Cross Shopping Centre and raised a fantastic £2,564.

Grace Allingham, Community Fundraiser, is pleased to say a special thank you to Alyson for Volunteers’ Week: ‘Alyson works tirelessly, always thinking of the next thing and coming up with fantastic ideas to raise more money and reach more people. Alyson is a pleasure to work with and her emails always make me smile!”

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