What makes our volunteers so special?

Around 9,000 people volunteer with us on a regular basis, donating their time and skills to help Marie Curie give those with terminal illnesses the best possible quality of life. To celebrate Volunteers’ Week we spoke to staff at Marie Curie and asked them to share with us what makes the volunteers they work with so special.

Sarah Pain, Chair of the Maidstone Fundraising Group

Sarah Pain, Chair of the Maidstone Fundraising Group
Sarah all set to collect for the Great Daffodil Appeal.

Having started supporting Marie Curie in 2010 by holding a Blooming Great Tea Party, Sarah collected for the Great Daffodil Appeal before joining the new Maidstone Fundraising Group in 2013. Since they began, just last year, they’ve already raised more than £11,000 – a remarkable achievement.

Local Community Fundraiser, Charlotte Jones said: “Sarah’s achieved so much through enthusiasm, perseverance and sheer hard work. I’m so grateful for all that Sarah and the group do – going the extra mile to raise funds for our nurses.”

Kuri Patel, Intern Scheme Administrator

Linsey and Kuri at our London office
Linsey and Kuri at our London office.

Kuri volunteers with Volunteering in London. Whilst studying for the final year of her degree she still finds time to come in and help support the Intern Programme as well as providing additional skills to support the department. From data entry to promoting the Intern Scheme or writing reports, Kuri’s skills are always in demand within the Volunteering Department.

Linsey Winter, National Volunteering Manager, doesn’t underestimate the dedication that Kuri shows. “It’s amazing to see how enthusiastic and committed all of our volunteers are. Kuri is studying yet still comes in and is willing to help out with whatever needs doing. Nothing is too much trouble and she’s a pleasure to work with.”

Bereavement Volunteers at the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow

Bereavement Volunteers at the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow
Bereavement Volunteers at the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow.

Part of the Patient and Family Support Team, Bereavement Volunteers at Glasgow are a key part of the support Marie Curie provides to the families and carers there. From supporting the admin function to helping with remembrance events, the team has multiple roles using the wide variety of skills that they bring.

Patricia Adnan, of the Family Support Team, is delighted to be able to say a special thank you this Volunteers’ Week. “They are an amazing team and together they are always willing to go above and beyond for our patients and families. We really want to say thank you to them for their commitment to the service.”

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