Celebrating Volunteers’ Week!

Volunteers and supporters at a fundraising event

Our volunteers are incredible

This Volunteers' Week, taking place on 1-7 June, we're thanking Cancer Research UK's wonderful volunteers for all they do.

Our volunteers are helping to create a world where people can live longer, better lives, free from the fear of cancer. Whichever way they choose to give their time, they're making a real difference to our life-saving work.

Together we are beating cancer.




A thank you from Michelle to our volunteers

Michelle, our chief executive

I'm so very grateful for all that you've done and that you'll continue to do in the future. 

This Volunteers' Week hear from our Chief Executive, Michelle Mitchell, about the importance of our volunteers and the impact they have on our work.

Launching the Flame of Hope Awards 2024

Flame of Hope event programme image

The Flame of Hope Awards are Cancer Research UK’s volunteering awards that celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding and inspiring volunteers.

We're launching the Flame of Hope Awards 2024 to mark the start of Volunteers' Week! This is a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to recognise a fellow volunteer or group of volunteers who are deserving of some extra special recognition for their invaluable support to Cancer Research UK. Nominations open on Thursday 1 June.

Visit the Flame of Hope website for all the information you need on this year's categories and to hear the stories of the Flame of Hope Award 2023 winners!

Hear from Gill, one of our 2023 Flame of Hope Award winners

Gill, a volunteer, collecting their Flame of Hope award

Gill has been an avid fundraiser for Cancer Research UK for over 20 years. Gill ran her first London Marathon shortly before she lost her father in 1999, and since then has raised a phenomenal £1 million. Gill also organises many of her own events including coffee mornings, endurance events and a pro-celebrity cricket match.

“I was delighted and honoured to be awarded a Flame of Hope Honorary Fellowship. It is a huge privilege and one my late father would have been very proud of. Sadly, there is probably not a family in the country that has not been touched by cancer, so I will continue with the fundraising endeavours – and so on to the next million! I hope my story will help inspire others to find, and then embark on, innovative volunteering adventures to improve our communities''.