Dear Readers

Dear Readers….a snapshot…volunteering.

Dear Readers,

This is where I get to post a snapshot about my time at Cancer Research. Every single week is different and with each week there are new challenges…so here is a snapshot of my average day volunteering at Cancer Research..

What I truly love about giving my time on a Saturday morning are the genuine people I meet. Some I see regularly and others touch my heart once and make me realise why I choose to forfeit my lie in. I don’t always write down my thoughts and feelings and interactions from the day but on this particular Saturday I ended up having a little cry. I say cry a few tears came to my eyes and I had to hold it together whilst I spoke, but I dare say my eyes were rather red after.

I have to describe this man as cheerful as that is exactly how he was. Said man asked me where our collection tin was, it blends into the desk where the till is so I pointed it out, he thanked me and took a £20 note out of his wallet, he folded the note and put it in the box. I thanked him, as I do to every single person who puts money in there whilst I am standing there. He then went on to tell me about his wife, who he had lost a year ago and that he always supports Cancer Research. I agreed in regards to support and his words made me feel humbled. I would be lying if what he said didn’t make me think of my own personal grief. We miss our loved ones every single day, but as the saying goes life goes on. Our friends and loved ones would want us to make the most of the time we have.

Yesterday during my morning volunteering I almost started sobbing on a customer. The lady in question used to be in every single week, and she would regularly talk to me about her battle with Cancer and that of one of her loved ones too. Weeks and months went by and I hadn’t seen her and it made me think and worry about her. That was until yesterday when she graced us in store with her presence, I was so pleased to see her and I think I made her day by telling her how nice it was to see her again.

These stories and these people are the reason I volunteer. Every weekend is different and sadly there are also some people who try to con charities too. Managed to get rid of one of those yesterday, every day and every person has a story and a reason. Don’t judge as you never know what battle they are facing.

Sorry for the spam but I have been meaning to start this for ages hence why you have two snapshots in one.