Together we will find a cure Donate
Together we will find a cure Donate

News

National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year

“Volunteering gives me a purpose” – Emma shares her story

This National Volunteers’ Week, we’re sharing the stories of some of the amazing volunteers who give their time to support our cause.

Today, we’re saying thanks to Emma Carrick, who started volunteering in October 2017 after her husband Brian had been diagnosed with a brain tumour the previous year. Emma enjoys the sense of community she has gained from volunteering at our head office and says she has “never looked back”.

Emma shares her motivation:

“Brian and I had been together for more than 30 years when he was diagnosed with a grade 2 oligodendroglioma after suffering a seizure at home. He underwent surgery, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy. He now suffers with memory loss and balance issues and has had to give up the career he loved in cyber security.

“I decided to volunteer at Brain Tumour Research to give something back. I am often in, along with other volunteers, helping to send out merchandise to charity supporters for their fundraising events and challenges. I love the sense of community my role as a volunteer brings, as well as working with a regular team each week. We have really got to know each other over the time I have volunteered and I count them as good friends.

“Volunteering also gives me a purpose. I’m not an athlete myself, but it’s great to know I’m helping our incredible supporters that take on big sporting challenges and other events for us.

“Since I started volunteering, I have never looked back. It’s been really nice to meet people in a similar situation and feel part of the community, knowing that I’m helping to make a difference.”

Click here to find out more about volunteering for Brain Tumour Research and to register your interest.

Related reading:

If you found this story interesting or helpful, sign up to our weekly e-news and keep up to date with all the latest from Brain Tumour Research.

Donate today

Help us build the UK's largest network of experts in sustainable brain tumour research and campaign for more investment nationally. Together we will find a cure.

£10
£25
£50
£100