Volunteer to collect
Volunteering your time this Christmas will help our nurses make sure families can enjoy Christmas the way they want to - together. Signing up couldn't be easier - choose your location, date and time.Sign up today
What to expect
Volunteering to collect is a wonderful way to get out and about in your local community, meeting new people and supporting a good cause during the festive season. Read some top tips on taking part in a collection.
How do I prepare for my shift?
Will I be collecting by myself?
We try and get as many people as possible to our collections, so we hope you won’t be collecting alone. However, you might be the only person at a collector location. If you’d prefer not to be by yourself, why not ask a friend or family member to sign up so you can collect together?
Will there be someone to meet me at the collection point?
Some collections have a volunteer host who meets and greets collectors on the day and provides materials and information. If your collection doesn’t have a host, we'll send you everything you need before your collection.
You may also get a call from your local Marie Curie fundraising office. Your confirmation email or letter will include the details of your collection host or fundraiser in case you need to get in touch.
Can I bring my child/dog/someone else with me?
You're very welcome to bring someone else along with you – the more people we have supporting us, the more money we are able to raise. Please ask them to sign up online or call 0845 601 3107* to book on to the collection.
Children aren't allowed to collect any actual money (the legal age for collecting is 16), but they are welcome to come along and keep you company. Before bringing your dog, please check your collection point is dog friendly.
*Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. Your call may be recorded for quality and training purposes.
What do I do if someone asks me a question about Marie Curie?
If you have provided your email address, then we’ll email you a link to download our handy pocket guide, which includes lots of top tips and answers to frequently asked questions. If we don’t have your email address, we will send you the guide in the post.
Should I drum up interest by calling out, or chat to people?
You can certainly talk about the collection, but it’s best not to shout. You’ll get a feel for how individual people like to be approached.
How your collection helps
Volunteering just two hours of your time to collect for Marie makes a huge difference to families living with a terminal illness. Just £20 pays for an hour of hands-on care from a Marie Curie Nurse – helping control someone’s pain, making sure they’re comfortable, or just listening if they need to talk.
Nurse Tracey's story
Jet and Mark's story
What our collectors say
People collect for Marie Curie for all sorts of reasons. Discover some of them by taking a look at our collector stories.