A CHARTERED accountant has not only raised money to help cancer patients – she’s donating valuable time too.
Ellen Sharp has collected nearly £2,000 for the Yorkshire Evening Post’s fundraising appeal for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The 29-year-old was inspired to back the charity after her mum, Julie Robertson, was diagnosed with cancer of the fallopian tubes.
Because her mum is going through treatment which makes her lose her hair, Ellen decided to have her long locks cut very short. She had the radical haircut during a makeover day for cancer patients last month and has nearly hit her fundraising total.
Helping the YEP’s Macmillan Centenary Appeal also inspired Ellen, who lives in Leeds city centre, to volunteer with the charity.
She is initially picking up collection boxes but will also be doing thank-you talks to supporters.
“I felt like it was something important to do,” she said.
“For me the fundraising was quite easy and doing this is a bit more of a challenge but I will feel like I am achieving something tangible.”
Jamie Strachan, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Leeds, said: “Ellen is a great example of how people get involved with Macmillan. Whilst she works full time in a demanding role, she is able to help me in the area by doing a wide range of tasks over just an hour or two each week.”
He added that volunteers were vitally important.
“They are the lifeblood of our organisation – we simply could not provide the level of fantastic services or offer the support to those raising money for us in the community without our army of volunteers.
“Demands on our services and resources are increasing rapidly as diagnosis rates increase and the NHS resources are stretched. As we try to achieve our goal of reaching everyone affected by cancer, this will only get harder.”
He said there were volunteering roles suitable for everyone.
“If you think you don’t have much spare time or you don’t have much to offer, please stop. Every hour someone can spare is precious. You may not feel you have much to offer, but I am sure there is a role within Macmillan where you will fit right in and make a massive difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.”
The YEP has teamed up with Macmillan during its 100th year to raise £35,000 to help improve the lives of cancer patients in Leeds. Any donation, large or small, will help us reach our total.
To donate, or for more information about volunteering, contact 01924 232442, email: JStrachan@macmillan.org.uk or log on to: www.justgiving.com/Yorkshire-Evening-Post