Celebrating our volunteers

Thanks to the support of thousands of volunteers we’ve made huge advances in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.

Our collective force of over 40,000 volunteers is vital to our success. They donate their time to:

  • help run our shops,
  • fundraise, campaign and raise awareness in our communities,
  • support our events,
  • offer their skills to projects across the charity and much more.

Unite with us this winter!

Join us at our Unite events - bringing together our amazing volunteers and supporters in:

West Midlands - Saturday 26th November (Aston University, Birmingham)

Unite events are a chance for Cancer Research UK volunteers to:

  • Hear about our latest research and meet a local scientist
  • Network with fellow volunteers from the local area
  • Feedback on their experiences of volunteering

Sign up now

Flame of Hope Awards

Our annual national Flame of Hope Volunteering Awards celebrate our most inspiring volunteers.

Since 2003 we have presented over 700 Flame of Hope awards to thank the committed individuals who give their time and energy to help beat cancer sooner.

A big thank you to everyone who nominated, we had a bumper year receiving almost 500 nominations!

For more information about the Flame of Hope Awards please call 0203 4695443 or email flameofhope@cancer.org.uk

What the winners say

Hear from some of our 2016 winners:

I find it difficult to put into words just how much I enjoyed my day at the Flame of Hope awards. I feel so honoured and humbled to have been chosen for my award, especially for something that I love doing. All the volunteers have the same aim in life -to find a cure for cancer. I feel sure, with the efforts of our brilliant scientists at CRUK, that wonderful day cannot be far off.


Even though I was the last person to receive my award I felt as if I was the first. I felt that the congratulations I received were so genuine.


It was Awesome! We were made to feel really special. Thank you for making it such a memorable occasion.

Keith, Volunteer of the Month - September 2016

After losing his mum at an early age to cancer, Keith wanted to fight back and over the last 11 years has been volunteering at Cancer Research UK events.

Volunteer of the Month

Do you know a volunteer who has been particularly brilliant recently? Why not nominate them to be our next Volunteer of the Month? Simply email VOTM@cancer.org.uk and tell us how the volunteer has made a real impact in 200 words or less!

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