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We love our volunteers and we want to make sure they know it. Volunteers contribute countless hours to helping us support people affected by cancer and it would be impossible for us to do what we do, without their support.

So what do we do to recognise and reward our volunteers?

We know everyone is different, so we make sure we thank our volunteers in a number of different ways too. Some of the ways we show our thanks are:

We say a huge thank you!

Nothing is more important than a thank you, whether face-to-face, a letter or email, or a card!

Long Service Milestones

From 1 year to 50 years (and beyond!) we make sure we celebrate these milestones with our volunteers

Birthdays and special celebrations

Volunteers are part of our family so we send cards to help celebrate birthdays or special occasions with them!

Leavers and retirement

We understand that people can’t stay with us forever so we make sure we send you a thank you if you leave or retire from volunteering with us!

Volunteer Awards

Our annual Volunteer Awards are a fantastic way for us to recognise the achievements of our volunteers. They are based on our organisational values as well as there being a Young, Group and overall Volunteer of the Year award.

External Awards

As well as our own awards we put our volunteers forward for other awards, so they’re recognised by other organisations too!

Volunteers’ Week and Trustees’ Week

These are annual weeks that celebrate the work of volunteers and trustees – we use these weeks to celebrate our volunteers’ achievements!


We know it can sometimes be hard to get a reference, but if you’ve volunteered with us we’re always happy to provide a reference.


We understand how important it is to invest in our people. Find out more about our training and development for volunteers.

If you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, our free Support Line is there for you. Just call 0808 808 1010