Randalstown man Trevor Beatty threw himself into volunteering for a local children’s cancer charity after his little grandaughter passed away.
With Volunteer Week happening from June 1 to June 7, Trevor has opened up about how volunteering has enriched his life and has urged others to give it a go.
Trevor first came into contact with Cancer Fund for Children while his little granddaughter Katie was battling neuroblastoma – a rare form of childhood cancer.
Sadly, Katie passed away in 2011 at the age of just four and a half.
Trevor said: “During Katie’s illness she was appointed a charity Specialist whose undaunted dedication proved invaluable to my family.
“When Katie passed away it was a very challenging time for the wider family circle but the support received from Cancer Fund for Children proved most helpful.
“It was at this time I realised just what was behind the charity and what motivated them to provide such vital support for families. I wanted to get involved to help spread the work and raise awareness.”
Trevor explained the different ways he has volunteered for the charity.
“Our Hug in a Mug coffee morning in May 2012 kick-started my volunteer relationship with Cancer Fund for Children,” he said.
He added: “I then went on to use my expertise as a retired bank manager to help out in the charity’s finance department.
“I’ve also volunteered at the World Police and Fire Games and took up the role of Santa for the Christmas grotto. I helped the charity organise the Antrim Winter Woolly Walk and have delivered a talk to a major corporate business supporting the charity to explain to them how the money they will raise will help.”
Trevor went on to describe how he has benefitted from volunteering: “Volunteering has brought me into contact with like-minded people who just want to help. I feel by devoting a portion of my time I am contributing something worthwhile to this amazing organisation.
“None of us know when we may need to call on the Cancer Fund for Children, so I’m delighted to be involved and do whatever I can. I would recommend volunteering to anyone, it is a great way to learn new skills and meet new people while really making a difference.”
Cancer Fund for Children is always looking for volunteers and is urging people to bite the bullet this volunteer week and get in contact if they can help out in any way.
For more information log onto www.nicfc.com.