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Blog: Our Volunteers Week of stories by Andy Murphy-Williams

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This Volunteers Week, we’ve been celebrating our amazing volunteers, by telling their stories. A man who knows plenty about stories and telling them in a great way is our Digital Storyteller, Andy Murphy-Williams.

Andy In A Circle Hello

"I’m Andy, Tenovus Cancer Care’s Storyteller. Yes, that really is my job title! I collect the stories of people affected by cancer, and tell them in words, photographs and film.

Many of our volunteers have been directly affected by cancer themselves, and they chose to volunteer for us because they have used our services.

I met a lady called Alicia who volunteers in one of our charity shops, who told me that after she lost her husband and her sister to cancer, we were the only charity who were willing to offer her counselling. She’s now a poster girl, advertising our volunteer roles.

Jane (below), whose story we shared this week, volunteers in more than one role. She’s a volunteer in our choirs, she's a fundraiser, a bucket collector, and helps with admin in our head office. Jane had support from us 20 years ago when she had breast cancer – and she’s been a star volunteer ever since.

Jane Miles

We think it’s important to tell the stories of our volunteers, clients, supporters and staff. Real people, real stories. They show that we’re not a faceless charity. We’re made up of real people working hard to help cancer patients and their loved ones cope. We’re real people in the community, where we’re needed most.

I want to finish by telling you Sue's story. Sue is a volunteer in our Rhiwbina shop in Cardiff. Sue hasn’t been affected by cancer, and didn’t know our charity. She told me the reason she chose Tenovus Cancer Care to volunteer with, was that we opened a shop right at the end of her street. Years later, she’s still a volunteer in that shop, because she sees how much we help people affected by cancer.

However our volunteers come to us, they stay because they see how passionate we are about supporting people in their community."

To find out more about joining us and giving up your time, call the Volunteer Team and have a chat with Katie or Luisa on 02920 768 331. Or, if you’d rather, you can visit our Volunteer with Us web pages or contact us on Facebook.