“Volunteering has given me so much pleasure throughout the years”

During Volunteers’ Week we are celebrating the work of our amazing volunteers. Our fundraising groups across the country donate their time, enthusiasm and skills to raise vital funds for Marie Curie and we appreciate their support so much. by Pauline Hornsey Fundraising Group Chairperson Pauline Hornsey, Fundraising Group Chairperson

As Chairperson of the Goole and Howdenshire Fundraising Group, I help to organise a variety of fundraising events from national campaigns such as the Great Daffodil Appeal and the Blooming Great Tea Party to local fundraising events like pub quizzes and sponsored walks. Our group also tries to raise the profile of Marie Curie locally as much as possible.

I started volunteering for Marie Curie 17 years ago. During a break from work I saw a postcard in a cafe asking for volunteers to spare an hour for the Great Daffodil Appeal collections in Hull and I thought, “I can do that”. I didn’t know much about the charity at that time, but was touched by the warm welcome I received from the Marie Curie organisers. I also realised how gratifying it was to be doing something that not only raised money but also gave people the opportunity to show their appreciation of the charity. I came to appreciate the vital work Marie Curie does – towards the end of my dad’s life I became aware of the difficulties people with a terminal illness and their families face trying to care for their loved ones in their own homes. The things I enjoy about being part of a fundraising group is meeting people from all walks of life, being part of a team, having fun organising a huge variety of events and hearing how much people appreciate the difference Marie Curie Nurses have made to them and their loved ones. Some of the challenges I face include the administration needed when planning an event. This can be time consuming and at times difficult to complete. When planning an event I am often apprehensive as the weather is a major factor even if it’s indoors as attendance is very much reduced if the weather is bad. Volunteering has given me so much pleasure throughout the years and made me very proud to be part of a lovely fundraising group that has raised £250,000 in 11 years. It has also helped my dear 91-year-old mum, Dorothy, to feel she is playing a much-needed part as she has helped with collections, made daffodil hats, knitted soft toys, baked endlessly and continues to do so to this day with her love and support. Read more about our amazing fundraising groups and find your nearest group.