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Volunteer Stories

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Without dedicated volunteers, our work would not be possible.

While every volunteer has different motivations, they all share a common goal – to help us find a cure for brain tumours.

Read their inspiring stories below.

Why I Volunteer - Adam Holbrook

Baker Adam Holbrook decided to volunteer for Brain Tumour Research after his brother Steve lost his fight against GBM brain tumour in 2016. Experiencing the far-reaching consequences of the disease first-hand and learning about the historic underfunding of research into brain cancer, Adam wanted to help where possible.

In the office, Adam undertakes various tasks, packing orders, stock taking and very importantly bringing cake!

Adam says that volunteering fills him with joy and optimism: “My general feeling about volunteering is pride and a sense of connection with my brother. I love helping where I can. Helping raise money with various private fund raisers, also, gives me great satisfaction that I can help in a little way.”

He wants Brain Tumour Research to make a difference, especially after seeing the support it gave to brother Steve and his family. He admits that volunteering can almost be therapeutic as it helps him deal with grieving. Also by doing this and sharing his brother’s story, Adam hopes he can potentially help other families hit by this devastating disease in the future.

January 2018
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Why I Volunteer - Lorraine White

Lorraine decided to volunteer for Brain Tumour Research after finding out about the charity during her frequent visits to John Radcliffe Hospital with her granddaughter Shannon. 

Shannon was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma brain tumour when she was nine years old, 11 years ago. After seeing her granddaughter undergoing six operations and various treatments that left her blind, Lorraine is motivated to help Brain Tumour Research and raise awareness.

She sees brain tumours almost like a hidden illness. Lorraine explains: "If Shannon hadn’t had a brain tumour, we wouldn’t have known about this type of cancer or the charity’s efforts to fund vital research. Sadly, it is often only if you have a connection to the disease that you start to pay a close attention and strive to find more information."
Volunteering with Brain Tumour Research for five years now, Lorraine is an important and well-known member of the team. "I just love going over there! People are so nice," says Lorraine. "It makes me happy to see us making a difference. I’ve been with the charity for a long time and have seen it change and grow. Everyone is so lovely and know me and the family really well."

At the office, Lorraine does anything from filing to sending out t-shirts. She often helps the fundraising team and is a keen fundraiser herself. Lorraine and Shannon, along with Lorraine's daughter Paula, have also taken part in a number of events such as Wear A Hat Day, a Firewalk and the Grand Union Canal Walk. 

At the moment, she is looking forward to celebrating Christmas with Shannon and doing more fundraising challenges to help raise awareness about brain tumours and the lack of funding into research.

December 2017
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Why I Volunteer - Maria Pata

Maria decided to volunteer with Brain Tumour Research as she was diagnosed with a meningioma in 2010 and underwent surgery to have the tangerine size tumour removed. She feels the charity does a lot for the community and wants to be part of it.

She joined the organisation in February 2016 while juggling business coaching and looking after her two young boys. 

Maria enjoys working with the volunteering team, preparing and sending material for campaigns, such as Wear a Hat Day or Host for Hope. She says: “At this time of the year most people are getting ready for Christmas. So, preparing and sending all the card orders is pretty special as I often feel each card will be filled with many emotions from the sender to the recipient, as everyone has a story to tell and a reason to contribute to this charity.”

Volunteering with Brain Tumour Research and hearing other peoples’ stories makes her feel very lucky. She hopes that her involvement can be ‘a little grain of sand’ in making a difference for other brain tumour patients. Being able to offer her help is very important for Maria. She explains: “the vibe in the office can be very exhilarating as campaigns approach and the thought of every penny counts towards the cure for this terrible disease is always in the front of my mind”.

December 2017
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