Volunteer at Shine Night Walk

Join the Shine Volunteer Team and support thousands of people raising millions towards life-saving research. You can be a part of the 100's of volunteers helping to make the incredible Shine Night Walk challenge that bit easier and lots more fun!

We have a Full, Half Marathon and 10k taking place in London this year as well as 10k events around the country.

Our volunteering roles are open for everyone and if you have any accessibility needs or questions, you can get in touch at ShineVolunteering@cancer.org.uk

You'll be able to sign up soon - keep an eye on this page for more details.

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!

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
  • Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

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 Night Walk Volunteer

Be the guiding light for our Shine Night Walkers as part of our course team to direct and motivate walkers through the night. You'll be instrumental in ensuring that participants 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 everyone to keep going!

  • Must be 13 years of age or over
  • Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

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

- Shine Night Walker

Love cycling and fancy a challenge? Then sign up as a cycle volunteer now and be part of our crucial course team. You’ll offer key support to our participants and course volunteers throughout the night.

  • Must be 13 years of age or over
  • Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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 the early morning, when they are finding it difficult. Seeing them finish when they didn't think they would was very rewarding.
- Cycle Team Volunteer

We have pit stops along the course to allow walkers to get refreshments, take a toilet break and have a moment to take in those iconic 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
  • Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • This role may not be required for all the Shine Night Walk 10k events.

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 Night Walk 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
  • Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

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

Want to put your driving skills to good use? Help us to look after Shine Night Walkers 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 21 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

                                                                        *This role is for Shine Night Walk London ONLY*

If you have friends who have already signed up to volunteer, you can come along with them and we’ll get you registered when you arrive. If you don’t know anyone else volunteering then please email ShineVolunteering@cancer.org.uk and we will be able to assist.

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 Night Walk 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.

Choose your unique 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 Night Walk Superhero

I enjoyed every moment of volunteering at Shine Night Walk 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 walkers in need, congratulate them on their achievements and spur them on in those last few minutes. Such an amazing atmosphere all night.

Shine Night Walk Volunteer

Get in touch

We really appreciate what a commitment volunteering can be, 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 ShineVolunteering@cancer.org.uk