Terri joined Team Bones as our first ever Stamp Appeal volunteer and this month, Terri celebrates 25 years of supporting charities!
Below, Terri explains more about the Stamp Appeal, why she decided to join us and her experience so far.
Can you tell us about the Stamp Appeal and your role?
We started a Stamp Appeal in October 2017; it’s a really simple way to support the Bone Cancer Research Trust. You collect your used stamps; small stamps, large stamps, new stamps, franked and international stamps and post them to us. We collect all the stamps and they are then sold on to stamp collectors.
Why did you decided to get involved with the Bone Cancer Research Trust?
I heard about the Bone Cancer Research Trust from a family member. I was astonished to find out that there had been no significant improvements to primary bone cancer survival rates for nearly 30 years and yet around 600 new cases are diagnosed each year in the UK and Ireland. Because of this I decided that I wanted to support the charity through volunteering and doing my own fundraising events such as ‘Bake it for Bone Cancer’ during Bone Cancer Awareness Week 2017 and I managed to raise £1,066.
What did you want to get out of being involved with the Bone Cancer Research Trust?
I was looking for a new challenge and I wanted to support the charity by promoting their work to wider audiences. I have had experience in Stamp Appeals and I thought this would be a simple way to raise funds for the charity.
What skills have you developed through your experience of volunteering?
Volunteering has definitely increased my confidence. I have developed my computing skills and worked alongside the Fundraising and Communications Team to develop press releases and increase awareness via their channels and new ones.
What do you enjoy about volunteering for the Bone Cancer Research Trust?
I have made new friends whilst volunteering for the Bone Cancer Research Trust and it is incredibly rewarding to know I am making a difference to people’s lives.