I have had such a lot of support from Brain Tumour Support; I have made friends and met people who are a lot sicker than I am – it was a huge reality check.
I have written to organisations asking for donations or if Brain Tumour Support could be their Charity of the Year. I persuade local pubs and clubs to hold quizzes and I help out at events as often as I can, especially when I get to meet lovely rugby stars like Lachie Turner from the Exeter Chiefs (see picture).
Volunteering gives me such a lot of satisfaction. Sometimes the friends I have met through the support group come along to help out and I hope it helps them too. I have always been a firm believer that you cannot just take; it’s important to give back. It’s my way of saying "thank you" to Brain Tumour Support and making sure that the charity is there for all those diagnosed in the future.
I started volunteering for Brain Tumour Support when I got my driving licence back. I’m not the sort of person who sits still for long. Having had to give up a job that I loved, and medication was doing its best for me, I decided it was time to do something again.
Volunteering is really rewarding – I would recommend it to anyone. It takes a bit of planning, especially if you are ill yourself. You need to plan in plenty of time and prepare when you are having a good day and rest up ready when the event day arrives. Planning involves asking for help, ask for donations whilst you are in your regular shops etc. It’s amazing how difficult it is to say no when you are looking at someone eye-to-eye!
Do it please - for the future of the charity and your own self-esteem. Don't wallow in depression. Fundraising is so much better than Valium!