Volunteers are the backbone of our work at Breast Cancer Haven. From bucket collectors to office and kitchen volunteers, every day our team of helpers enable us to provide our free programme of breast cancer support to people across our five centres. No matter how much time volunteers are able to spend supporting our work, their help is always invaluable.

Introducing Emma
Emma recently became a volunteer for our West Midlands centre. As a Director of Sales & Customer Operations at RS Components, her typical work day is jam-packed and she often has to travel up and down the country. Each day, you’ll find her anywhere between Southampton and Aberdeen, all while being a mum of two. Despite her busy schedule, Emma recently made some time to join us at a collection.

“In just two hours, two other collectors and I managed to raise £150. We were really happy with this figure, especially as the money we collected will go towards providing free emotional, physical and practical support to a local West Midlands visitor affected by breast cancer.”

Getting involved with Breast Cancer Haven
Emma first heard about Breast Cancer Haven through her daughter, Adel, who works at the West Midlands centre. Emma knew that Breast Cancer Haven, West Midlands was a relatively new and small charity and decided to support the centre by offering her help as a volunteer.

“I’m not a runner, I didn’t want to skydive or organise a coffee morning and I don’t have time to volunteer on a regular basis but I knew there must be something I could do to help. My collection slot was two hours long, so I could fit it into my work schedule. The collection was so fun and easy and we raised a huge amount too.

I loved the experience, I felt like I was part of a community that is making a difference and there was a real sense of camaraderie with the other volunteers. Breast Cancer Haven provided feather boas and headbands which added to the fun.”

Emma’s advice to future volunteers

“My advice to people that are considering volunteering for Breast Cancer Haven is to just go for it; it’s easy, it’s fun and all you need is a smile. When you consider what is happening around you and the impact that breast cancer can have on people, is giving up a little of your time such a big ask? I found the whole experience really rewarding and enjoyable. There is a reason we need charities and by volunteering I feel I belong to a community that is helping people when they need it most.”

Join the Breast Cancer Haven volunteer community and help us to support people affected by breast cancer