June Update

Shop volunteers

         Volunteer update

I hope you've been able to enjoy the lovely weather we've had recently with your loved ones!

This month, we’d like to recognise and thank you, our wonderful volunteers. 1-7 June is Volunteers' Week - a week to celebrate the outstanding contributions you give to Cancer Research UK. I want to say a personal thank you to you all for your ongoing commitment to beating cancer.

A phenomenal 2,502,675 hours were donated to our shops by our amazing shop volunteers in 2022/23! Without your time and efforts, our shops simply wouldn’t be able to open and be the success that they are. We’re so grateful for all you do to support our life-saving research, now and in the future.

You may have already received posters and resources for our World No Tobacco Day petition in your shop. We have more information from our Policy team below explaining what the purpose of this is, and why reducing smoking in the UK is so important to Cancer Research UK.

Julie Byard, Director of Trading
Cancer Research UK

1-7 June is Volunteers' Week!

A big thank you from Michelle

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Our Chief Executive, Michelle Mitchell, has shared a video to thank you all this Volunteers' Week and to highlight the amazing impact you are having on our progress.

Visit our Volunteers' Week webpage to read about the experiences of volunteers from across Cancer Research UK.



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A spotlight on the Horsham East Street Shop

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We hear from Lillian and Jenny, who are both celebrating 40 years of volunteering this year, about what giving their time to Cancer Research UK means to them.



The Flame of Hope Awards

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Nominations now open!

To celebrate Volunteers’ Week, we’re launching the Flame of Hope Awards 2024. Our Flame of Hope Awards are Cancer Research UK’s annual awards that recognise the achievements of our most outstanding and inspiring volunteers. Nominations are now open, and as a volunteer, you can also nominate fellow volunteers.

Nominations for the 2023-24 Flame of Hope series will be open from 1 June to 10 July 2023.

World No Tobacco Day

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More on this campaign

You may have seen posters and resources in your shop relating to our policy team's #SmokefreeUK petition.

We've already helped ensure smoke-filled pubs, colourful cigarette packets and cigarette vending machines are things of the past in the UK. But the harm of tobacco is not.

Smoking causes around 150 cancer cases in the UK per day, making it the UK's largest cause of cancer and premature death. But this doesn't have to be the case. Around 6.6 million people in the UK still smoke. The majority of those who smoke want to quit, but they need support to do so.

We want to achieve a Smokefree UK. That’s why we’re asking the UK Government for more support to help people quit smoking. Supporters can play their part by signing the petition. They can access this through the link on the poster or by scanning the QR code with their phone.

We're here to support you

Cancer Chat

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A moderated discussion forum where you can talk to others affected by cancer, share experiences and get support.

Volunteer Hub

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Stay up to date with the latest news and all things volunteering. You can also access wellbeing support here.

Talk to our nurses

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If you’ve got questions about cancer, it's easy to call our nurses on freephone Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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If you received a link to this information by text message it is because you volunteer in one of our shops. If you’d like to stop receiving text messages from Cancer Research UK, or make changes to how we communicate with you, please contact preferences@cancer.org.uk.