Robin’s volunteer journey with Cancer Research UK started in 2012. While the coronavirus outbreak keeps us in lockdown however, he’s found another way to support others. Find out what he’s been up to over the past few weeks and why he’s looking forward to getting back to volunteering for Cancer Research UK.
“I was inspired to start volunteering after losing my father to prostate cancer. At the time I was also supporting a very good friend who was undergoing treatment for testicular cancer. Helping Cancer Research UK to beat cancer means I won’t have to witness more friends and family having their lives cut short.”
Usually found promoting events and out on the course as a marshal during the Race for Life season, Robin has been busy volunteering to support the homeless in his hometown of Liverpool.
“The homeless community don’t always have access to news or radio, so when the coronavirus outbreak began it was difficult for them to understand why shops were closing and why we were wearing gloves and face masks. As volunteers, we’re able to talk to them about what was going on. We’ve been able to take donations of perishable foods from restaurants which have been forced to close and distribute them to homeless shelters across the city.”
With his passion for event organisation and engaging with the public, Robin is looking forward to returning to his volunteer role soon. “Being a volunteer for Cancer Research UK is such a rewarding experience. You meet some truly inspiring individuals and have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference.”