Volunteers’ Week 2018 "Being able to observe and actually be a part of this wonderful charity has been a surreal experience for me” This week, Breast Cancer Haven is celebrating Volunteers’ Week. We want to recognise and thank our volunteers across the UK as it their time that supports us to be there for more people affected by breast cancer. Breast Cancer Haven is fortunate enough to have welcomed a variety of volunteers over the years who kindly give their time to help support various aspects of the charity. This includes fundraising, events, marketing and communications and administration. As the word ‘volunteer’ suggests, our helpers are unpaid and continue to come to our aid to ensure we can continue the work we do to support those affected by cancer. Murray’s Story Having only been with us for two months now, Murray is one of our latest volunteers to join Breast Cancer Haven. He has taken up the role of PR and Communications Volunteer, helping to support our marketing and communications team to raise awareness of the great work that we do and also source new opportunities to maximise exposure of our services. Murray said: “I moved to London about five months ago from Scotland in search of bigger and better opportunities, and generally just for a bit more excitement in my life. I have always loved to write so when I saw that Breast Cancer Haven was looking for a communications volunteer to help out in their marketing department, I jumped at the opportunity.” Having come from a not-for-profit marketing background, Murray was able to quickly understand our brand values and contribute to the implementation of our communications strategy and also suggest new, innovative methods on how we can create engaging content to help tell our story and inform more people of the services we offer. “I’ve always wanted to do something that matters which is why in the past I have chosen to work for charitable organisations. The work that Breast Cancer Haven does is incredible and being able to observe and actually be a part of this wonderful charity has been a surreal experience for me.” Murray supports us one or two evenings a week with any work that may need doing. This could be anything from press releases, blog posts, social media content or content planning. “At first, I was worried that it would be a challenge to juggle volunteering with a full time job and also maintain a social life, but the team at Breast Cancer Haven were very understanding and explained that any time that I could give was greatly appreciated. We very quickly managed to develop a routine that worked for both parties. “I would highly recommend becoming a volunteer for Breast Cancer Haven. This is a charity that works round the clock to ensure that those who are affected by cancer hold on to their strength and confidence during an extremely difficult time in their lives and for that I am truly inspired.” For more information on how to become a volunteer, please email [email protected] or visit our Volunteer page.