For Doug Wright, volunteering has proved to be a two-way street.
The freelance video producer from Brandon has been making an educational video for East Anglian Air Ambulance.
During Volunteer Week he has been on a course that will enable him to fly on real missions, he said: “I wanted to volunteer for a charity but time restrictions meant it wasn’t possible.
“This ties in me giving them something they need while helping with my portfolio. If you can do a promotional video for them, its something to show what you can do.”
Doug’s brief is to make a film to show the public how different professionals work together to help the people of East Anglia. The film will show what the crew and staff do, equipment, training and their motivations for working for EAAA.
He has also been impressed by the professionalism of everyone he has met at EAAA.
Doug , 31, worked in town centre marketing and for an estate agent before deciding to follow his video dream by taking a West Suffolk College course. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on volunteering with EAAA, visit www.eaaa.org.uk
Nicky McKee knows volunteers can make a big difference to people’s lives at a difficult time.
The Macmillan Cancer Information Centre Manager at West Suffolk Hospital, she said:“We are very lucky to have a fantastic team of six trained volunteers, some of whom have had an experience of cancer themselves.
“Every single volunteer plays a big part, whether they are meeting and greeting visitors, booking appointments, providing a listening ear, helping people to access information or signposting to other services.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big and heartfelt thank you to each and every one of them.”
“Our Macmillan Information and Support Centre is open 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, and provides vital support to local people who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
Marion Rudman, 74, pictured left, from Bury St Edmunds, has been volunteering at the centre for nine years. She says: “I volunteer one day per week and my role involves meeting and greeting visitors and helping to answer their queries.
“It is such a rewarding use of time and a great thing to do. There are lots of volunteering roles that can make a difference with a few hours a week.”
To help Macmillan call 0300 1000200