Richard, Volunteer of the Month – March 2016

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Richard Mason – Fundraising Volunteer

Richard has beaten Lymphoma twice and is now passionate about raising both funds and awareness for Cancer Research UK.

Here’s what his nominator, Jayne Sullivan, Local Fundraising Manager, had to say about Richard:

“Richard first supported Cancer Research UK when he decided to raise money by doing a sponsored 1,000 mile cycle ride!

Richard was originally diagnosed with lymphoma in 1992 and on the anniversary of his 5 years clear, the cancer returned.  He went on to have further chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant. 19 years later Richard is cancer free and passionate about the work of Cancer Research UK.

Richard now volunteers, doing whatever he can to raise funds and awareness.  He recently raised an astounding £6,000 selling Unity Bands for World Cancer Day by inspiring all his colleagues to get behind the day. He also came and spoke to me and my colleagues and inspired us all with his story and his passion to support Cancer Research UK.

It is always humbling hearing survivor’s stories, and working with Richard has truly inspired me and my team in our work.”

Here’s what Richard had to say about volunteering with Cancer Research UK:

“For World Cancer Day, I managed to ship out 3000 bands, with between 2,800 and 2,900 being sold, which is brilliant! I even managed to get 10 to the other side of the world in New Zealand!  It is very rewarding to be able to give something back, after all the benefits that I received throughout my 2 courses of treatment. From someone who has twice received the benefit of cancer research, I would simply say – “thank you”.  I have been given a second (and third) chance (of life) as a direct result of cancer research and so I am living proof that research works. Every single volunteer WILL make a difference.”

Congratulations Richard!

Do you know a volunteer who has been particularly brilliant recently?  Why not nominate them to be our next Volunteer of the Month