A group of Yorkshire volunteers have been rewarded for their tireless volunteering efforts by the Yorkshire Breast Cancer Haven in Leeds.

Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity, offering free emotional support; help with symptom control and practical advice to anyone affected by breast cancer from its network of centres. Everyone is welcomed; whether recently diagnosed, in treatment, or seeking help to lead a healthy life after that treatment has finished. 

Breast Cancer Haven hosted an evening of ‘fizz and canapes’ to celebrate National Volunteers Week and invited all volunteers involved in the charity along. The volunteers, many of whom have been affected by breast cancer themselves and have been visitors at Breast Cancer Haven, are known for braving all weathers to volunteer with the charity; bucket collections around Yorkshire, awareness stands in the snow, cooking delicious lunches for Visitors, and helping with administration in the office.

This week was the volunteers’ turn to receive the five star treatment as they were treated by the Yorkshire Breast Cancer Haven to a get together where they could share their stories and get to know one another whilst sipping champagne and enjoying delicious canapes, provided by Leeds University, at the local centre at the Gateway in Leeds.

Debra Horsman, manager at Breast Cancer Haven Yorkshire, explained why they had put on the event for the ladies: “The volunteering teams are a phenomenal group of men and women, many having been affected by breast cancer themselves.  They tirelessly dedicate their time and help raise money to enable us to continue offering free emotional, physical and practical support to people throughout the region. We thought that National Volunteer Week was a great opportunity to treat them to an evening where they could relax and enjoy themselves.  Without their help, we couldn’t exist as we rely entirely on charitable donations and fundraising events to meet our costs.  I would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of our volunteers and hope they enjoyed their treat!”