Age UK – Knaresborough and District
I spent the first session of Volunteer Week at Knaresborough’s Age UK day centre Cliff House. I helped out in the day centre all morning, assisting with refreshments and participating in the activities provided by the centre.
It was good to meet the Age UK Knaresborough and District team and speak to all the users. The users had not just come from Knaresborough but Harrogate, Starbeck and surrounding villages too. They could not speak highly enough of the Cliff House team, and how much they enjoyed their visits. Coffee and biscuits, lunch, loads of activities, but what mattered most was seeing their friends and getting out and about. The service provided by the Little Red Bus played an important role for them too.
We also discussed the wider services that Cliff House offer, such as assisted shopping or the bathing, and the users told me how important they are in helping to maintain their independent living.
A thoroughly enjoyable visit. A cracking start to the week.
Tickled Pink – Asda
I spent the second session of Volunteer Week at ASDA to join in with their fundraising for Tickled Pink, now in its 15th year. The charity itself aims to raise money for two breast cancer charities, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Campaign.
There was a brisk trade as ASDA customers recognised how important the cause was as we sold over £157 of raffle tickets during the session.
Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, affecting over 46,000 women in the UK each and every year. Moreover, breast cancer is the most common cause of death for women aged between 34 and 54.
Many people stopped to tell us of their direct experience of facing breast cancer or loved ones lost to it.
Most families will have to face this at some stage, and it is hard. I was keen to support Tickled Pink and in raising awareness for this excellent cause.