Volunteer Superheroes wanted!

Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered at Shine 2016! 

If you would like to volunteer at Shine 2017 you can register your interest now and we'll email you as soon as volunteer entry is open:

Register your interest for 2017

If you have any problems or questions, you can get in touch at volunteering-londonshine@cancer.org.uk.


If you wish to make new friends and have a simple but challenging night out in the capital city then this is the event to be involved with,  every person on the course either walking or marshaling is a vital element  to making the event a success and raising money for Cancer Research UK. 

 Ian Gosling, Shine 2015 Volunteer

There are lots of ways you can help

Simply want to be involved with a fantastic event and happy to lend a helping hand where it’s needed most? Then sign up to be a general volunteer now and let us give you a role to do just that!

You will need a positive and proactive attitude to take on one of our many roles and embrace the event as it unfolds. 

Details about your shift will be confirmed three weeks before the event weekend and if you sign up as part of a group we’ll keep you together.

  • Must be 13 years of age or over


I have been at the finish line, out on the streets and at pit stops, all of the roles are a privilege, to see so many people raising money to help fight cancer. I still get a buzz when the walkers thank us for being there.

- Shine 2015 Volunteer

Be the guiding light for our Shine walkers as part of our course team to direct and motivate walkers through the night. You'll be instrumental in ensuring that walkers complete the course safely, as well as offering friendly and much needed words of encouragement. 

You’ll be working together with cycle and driver volunteers out on the course, all you need is bags of enthusiasm and good communication skills to encourage walkers to keep going!

  • Must be 13 years of age or over



They were the souls and hearts of the night!  Huge appreciation from us all for their selfless contribution, each and every of them! 

- Shine Walker 2015

Love cycling and fancy a challenge? Then sign up as a cycle volunteer now and be part of our crucial course team. You’ll aid struggling walkers and offer key support to our course volunteers throughout their shift.

  • Must be 13 years of age or over
  • Must bring your own bicycle and be a confident cyclist
  • Must have your own cycling helmet and front and back lights for your bike


I enjoy providing moral support to walkers in early morning, when they are finding it difficult. Seeing them finish when they didn't think they would was very rewarding.
- Cycle Team Volunteer 2015

We have six pit stops along the course to allow walkers to get refreshments, take a toilet break and have a moment to take in those iconic London sights at night. We need you to help hand out snacks, offer bottles of water, and manage queues so nobody has to wait too long.

This is a great role for groups who want to work together, so get all your friends and family involved and share in this inspiring night.

  • Must be 13 years of age or over



I loved working at a pit stop - I enjoyed helping and cheering on so many walkers! The treats and drinks that we handed out to them, plus the encouragement of all the volunteers often motivated them to keep going to the finish line.

– Shine 2014 Volunteer

Our start and finish venues can only run smoothly with the support, attention and care that you our amazing volunteers bring. 

There’s a huge variety of opportunities; from putting up marquees, handing out vital items like course maps and those all important medals, helping to run our bag drop service, cheering walkers from the start line and finally supporting them to get home safely. So if you’re a good communicator, enjoy working as a team and always have a smile on your face then sign up now!

  • Must be 13 years of age or over


By the time they're nearing the end the walkers need a friendly, cheery welcome home that recognises the effort they've put in. I love being able to express that welcome with a big smile.

- Finish Venue Volunteer 2015

Want to put your driving skills to good use? Help us to look after Shiners and fellow volunteers by driving our welfare and medical support vehicles, as well as operating our essential Bag Drop service to keep walkers’ valuables safe.

  • Must be 18 years of age or over
  • Must hold a full, clean UK driving licence and ideally be confident driving in London as well as driving large vehicles
  • Vehicles and sat nav for use throughout the event will be provided


The best things were the camaraderie and friendliness of the other volunteers, the event crew and the shiners doing the walk. Seeing everyone dressed up, glowing in the dark, having fun for a good cause.

Shine 2015 Volunteer

Volunteer as a group

Group volunteering

Want to share the experience with friends and family? You can sign up as a group, even if it’s just two of you.

Simply agree on a group name and include it in the sign up form so that we know you want to work together on the night. Please make sure every member of your group signs up so we have all the information we need to look after you on the night.

What it means to be a Shine Superhero

I enjoyed every moment of volunteering at Shine because it was a fun evening giving my time to a great cause. The other volunteers where great fun to be around as well as being on hand to help shiners in need, congratulate them on their achievements and spur them on in those last few minutes. Such an amazing atmosphere all night.

– Emma McDermid, Shine Volunteer 2015

Get in touch

We really appreciate what a commitment volunteering can be, but Abi, our volunteer manager, is on hand to answer any questions you might have so please do get in touch!

If you need to change your ideal shift time, add a group name to your application or simply want to say hi then please email Abi at volunteering-londonshine@cancer.org.uk.