Tom, Relay For Life volunteer

Tom Breakwell

In 2015, Tom (third from the right) joined our amazing volunteer fundraisers to help support his local Relay for Life.

“As part of my Business course at college I was asked to hold a charity event. Everyone in the team had to suggest a charity where the money should go, and I decided to put Cancer Research UK forward.

When I was 9 years old, I lost my Dad and my Grandad to Cancer in the space of six months. It really means everything that we’re able to do something to fight back.

I volunteer for Cancer Research to try and make a difference to other families that are going through what I have.”

What Tom does

“Relay For Life is an overnight family event that brings everyone in the community together to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost and raise vital funds to help beat cancer.

In 2015 I was in charge of the entertainment on the day. This involved making sure all the performers were on stage on time, motivating the Relayer’s to join in with all the activities, and generally keep everyone energised and excited throughout the 24-hour period.”

Tom’s volunteering highlights

“Words cannot describe what beating cancer sooner means to me. To be a part of beating cancer is something I take pride in, and to try and give people the opportunity of a long and healthy life is very inspiring.

I have gained so many life skills from volunteering for Cancer Research UK. You not only get to meet other people volunteering for the same reasons you do, but also the inspiring people that are battling cancer right now, all while remembering the people who have sadly lost the fight.

Tom’s advice to anyone thinking about volunteering

“If you’re thinking about it, sign up to volunteer 100%. It gives you a great warm feeling inside knowing you are helping millions of people have a chance in life. It helps you see life from another angle and you appreciate things a lot more.”

Tom’s three words to describe his volunteering experience

Rewarding, adventurous, outstanding.

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