STATISTICS show that most people will give up their New Year’s resolutions just nine days after they were made, writes Louise Beach.
My aim was to eat healthily, and I ended up having lots of chocolate and cheese at the first opportunity - just three days after New Year! Perhaps you have set your expectations too high and need to focus on something more achievable.
Something you might consider is to become a volunteer at The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.
One of our wonderful volunteers Gail Richards told us why she became a volunteer.
She said: “I became involved with The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity after my mum had been treated at the hospital.
“I love being a member of the team, as it has opened up lots of opportunities for me to become involved with various fundraising activities within the community, which I never dreamed I could do.
“My confidence has been boosted, I have made new friends and all the while I am helping to raise funds for such a wonderful cause. I would encourage anyone who would like to help but might be hesitating: if I can do it, so can you. Come and join us, it’s brilliant fun.”
Volunteering doesn’t need to take up a lot of your time, just an hour or so a week or over the weekend makes a massive difference to us. There are a number of things you can do to get involved, such as helping with events like Doris Pritchard and Sue Cookson, who volunteered and held a fundraising stall on our Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the centre.
Alternatively, you could have great fun doing a bag pack with friends at your local supermarket, or perhaps you could help by distributing some collection boxes for us at your local convenience store or your doctors’ surgery.
Or if you enjoy public speaking, you could present at your local group or community organisation about the work we do at Clatterbridge.
There are so many ways you can get involved and help us raise funds too. You could put on your own fundraising event, for example: a cake sale, a girl’s night in, or a good old pub quiz in your local.
All the money you raise for the charity helps us offer the most up-to-date treatment, support vital research, treat our patients with world class equipment, and provide life-changing support services.
Your generous donations help us provide support services which would otherwise be unavailable.Your help could fund one of the following current projects:
£8,000 pays for 400 patients at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, or relatives of patients, to have a session with our patient counsellor. We recognise that our patients sometimes need help with anxiety and depression, so we help them to understand how cancer services are organised, the effects of treatment and the specialised vocabulary used.
A £10,000 donation could help finish our dedicated facility for ladies experiencing hair loss. Clatterbridge offers support through specially trained volunteers for people experiencing hair loss as a result of cancer treatment. Patients can try on a range of hats and wigs and can learn how to tie headscarves in a variety of styles.
We want to create a relaxing, luxurious patient sanctuary where our patients can take a break from the wards and treatment. The cost to transform the room is £25,000. Having received £15,000 so far, a donation of £10,000 would make this project a reality.
If you think you or your friends, family, colleagues or employees could help us in our fundraising this year, then please contact me, Louise Beach, on 0151 482 7948, send us an email via email@example.com or visit www.clatterbridgecc.org.uk. We look forward to meeting you soon!