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This week is

Na­tional

Vol­un­teer week. I vol­un­teer my ad­vice a lot but sur­pris­ingly it’s never that well re­ceived

But when you stop and think about how freely peo­ple give of their time for no re­ward – or even recog­ni­tion – it’s in­cred­i­bly hum­bling.

Leader re­porter Carly Gooch took it upon her­self to walk in those shoes and spent time help­ing out at the on­col­ogy ward re­cently. She got amongst peo­ple at their low­est ebb phys­i­cally, in need of a bit of help.

More than any­thing, they needed some­one to chat to so the long and un­pleas­ant busi­ness of un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy could pass just that tiny bit quicker and seem that lit­tle bit less un­pleas­ant.

Carly found this in­spir­ing – and I’ve got to say I did as well.

There are dozens of dif­fer­ent ways to vol­un­teer and make a dif­fer­ence. You won’t al­ways get thanks, but you can guar­an­tee some­one will be thank­ful.

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