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.
“Volunteering has helped me through”
I started volunteering for Cancer Research UK at the Aintree Race for Life in June 2006. After losing my mum at a young age to cancer, I found that volunteering was a way to fight back. Over the years I’ve lost more close family and friends to this horrible disease, but my volunteering has helped me through that. My main volunteering role is setting up the courses at the Race for Life events and I’ve done most of the 36 courses in the northwest region for the last 8 or 9 seasons, so I know the routes really well now. I always strive to setup the best course as possible for the participants and also to give them the best experience.
“It will change your life for the better”
Through my volunteering, I’ve made a lot of friends and have visited some beautiful venues all over the country. I would encourage anyone thinking about volunteering with Cancer Research UK to do it! It will change your life for the better and one day you’ll be able to say you had a part in finding the cure. My favourite slogan from my first year is ‘Together we will beat cancer’. I truly believe this.”
Keith’s nominator and Area Events Manager, Jennifer, said:
“Keith has been a volunteer with Cancer Research UK for the past 11 years. He has supported the events team both regionally and nationally to help with the running of Race for Life, SHINE, Pretty Muddy, March On Cancer, Twilight and many more. Keith is one of the first to arrive on site as early as 4am and is always the last person to leave committing over 3,000 hours to support Cancer Research UK events. His commitment and hard work is what makes him a great advocate for Cancer Research UK. The events team would not be the same without him.”