Charity looks for champions

Whether you have a fantastic fundraising idea or excellent organisation skills, the charity is looking for new fundraising champions around the country.

The group of key fundraisers will become members of a core team that help organise events and fun activities in their local community, in order to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Care Scotland.

Anyone can help by persuading friends, family and neighbours to get involved in anything from cake sales to car washes! By giving up a small amount of your time to become one of our fundraising heroes, you will be making a big difference to the lives of those affected by breast cancer. With over 4,400 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Scotland every year, sadly most of us will know someone affected by this cruel disease.

Maryvoy, from Girvan, has just started the very first Breast Cancer Care Fundraising Group in Ayrshire. Like so many other people, Mary has been touched by cancer and wanted to find something that she could do to help make a difference.

She said: “I’d been thinking about volunteering for some time. When I heard about Breast Cancer Care Scotland’s Fundraising Group, I knew it was the right opportunity for me. I’ve persuaded some friends and family to get involved but we are still looking for new members – the more the merrier! We’ve got lots of fun things in the pipeline. It’s a great way to have fun, meet new people, and give something back to my local community and to Breast Cancer Care Scotland.

“They were there after my treatment when I had so many questions and just didn’t know where to turn. I attended their Younger Women’s Forum. It was so reassuring to meet women my own age and share with them my experience; I drew so much strength from the weekend.”

Breast Cancer Care Fundraising Champions play a crucial role in helping to raise money for the charity’s services, which offer emotional support, practical advice and a wide range of local support services. Glasgow continues to be a priority area for Breast Cancer Care Scotland and in 2011 the charity is planning to extend its face to face support services in the area. These include services such as Moving Forward, a free programme that provides support, information and guidance to people after their treatment for breast cancer has finished.

Breast Cancer Care understands that life after treatment can be very daunting and Moving Forward helps people a person’s need for support doesn’t end when treatment finishes.

For more information about joining Maryvoy’s group or how start your own group contact 0141 353 8354 or email gillian.hamilton@breastcancercare.org.uk