Nick, Cancer Campaigns Ambassador

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“If you feel strongly enough about the cause and feel that you want to make a difference, then volunteering with Cancer Research UK is a no brainer!”

In 2011 Nick’s Mum and Aunt were both diagnosed with and battled breast cancer.  He and a friend decided to run the Bristol 10K in aid of Cancer Research UK, but knew he wanted to do more to support life-saving research.

“In 2013, during my first year of University, I realised I wanted to do something more, so I started researching and the Cancer Campaigns Ambassador role popped up! I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get involved, and I’ve been volunteering ever since.”

Nick’s motivation

“Having seen the effect of cancer first hand on my close family and relatives of close friends also, beating cancer sooner means a huge amount to me.

Cancer does nothing but bring grief to people’s lives and therefore is something that we need to have rid of, beating cancer sooner is a must, and I know that CRUK are doing everything in their power to make it a reality.”

What Nick does

“My main volunteer roles are to support, take action and spread the word about current Cancer Research UK  campaigns; whether this is talking to my local MP about the campaigns and gaining their support, doing the same in Westminster or sharing information through the local community.

I would say the role as a whole was a very new experience for me, and it’s also given me loads of opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise, such as interaction with major voices in Parliament and learning about different methods of raising awareness of research. Through meeting other Ambassadors I’ve gained motivation and really developed my skills in areas such as public speaking.”

Nick’s advice to anyone thinking volunteering

“I would highly recommend it. It’s changed my perspective massively and has shown me that every single person really can make a difference. If you feel strongly enough about the cause and feel that you want to make a difference, then volunteering with Cancer Research UK is a no brainer!”

Three words to describe his volunteering experience

“Eye-opening, worthwhile and uplifting.”

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