Volunteers give up their time to spend a week on Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust trips.
Without them, young people would not get the support they need – the dedication and commitment it requires is second to none.
So it was wonderful to see one of our volunteers get featured in a Scottish national newspaper recently discussing why he does what he does 🙂
Writing in The National, Bill Brown – who will act as Mate on four Largs trips this year – talks about what drew him to the Trust.
“I’ve been involved in voluntary roles throughout my adult life, mainly through churches I’ve attended. These included youth work, construction and children’s activities in a Bulgarian orphanage, and various leadership roles. This was all in addition to working full-time and bringing up a family.
“When I stopped working full-time, I was keen to give something within the charity sector a try. One day in 2016 when my wife and myself were having lunch at Largs Marina, I noticed a poster looking for volunteers for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
“As I had recently taken up sailing, I contacted them and started volunteering on sailing trips with young people recovering from cancer. I saw this as a great opportunity to combine my newly discovered interest in sailing and to participate in something significant in the lives of young people.
“As a volunteer I get so much out of playing a small part in something that is so significant in the journey that young people are undertaking in rebuilding their life after cancer. It is both humbling and satisfying for me personally.”
➡️ Read Bill’s full article on The National’s website.
Volunteers are the heartbeat of our trips. We hope the young people find their experience as rewarding as Bill finds joining them at sea.
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