Heartwarming story as charity says thanks in Volunteers’ Week
Lorraine White decided she wanted to pledge her support to a leading cancer charity when her granddaughter Shannon Moore was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was just nine years-old.
So, in 2012, she started volunteering at the Padbury head office of Brain Tumour Research (BTR) and this week, as part of Volunteers’ Week (June 1st to 7th) the Buckingham-born charity, which has since moved to Milton Keynes, is giving special recognition and thanks to some of its key workers.
Shannon – a former student at Cottesloe School in Wing and the Amersham and Wycombe College – is now 24 and Lorraine, from Aylesbury, recalled: “Shannon was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma brain tumour after suffering headaches and was referred to an ophthalmologist. The results were unclear, so Shannon underwent an MRI scan.
“We have eye problems in the family, but it was a huge shock to learn that Shannon actually had a brain tumour.
“She has undergone quite a number of surgical procedures and her most recent craniotomy, in 2014 when she was 17, resulted in Shannon losing the sight in her right eye and she has very limited ‘letter box’ vision in her left eye. She now walks with a white cane and has a Labrador Retriever guide dog called Indy.
“I am so proud of her, and particularly proud that she graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in music and sound technology.
“We both volunteer at BTR to give something back. Our tasks often involve sending out merchandise and I have also helped by manning the charity’s stall at Christmas fairs and the Bucks County Show. I just love working with the team, it makes me happy to see us making a difference.”
Shannon said: “The rewarding aspect of volunteering is how much I have seen the charity grow since I first volunteered during my school holidays in 2013. Witnessing the increase in donations over the years has been a real privilege.”
Along with Lorraine’s husband Trevor, they have raised more than £9,000, tackling everything from abseiling, a fire walk and long-distance cycling events, and Charlie Allsebrook, community development manager for BTR, said: “We are thrilled to celebrate Volunteers Week by recognising our treasured volunteers, and thank Shannon and Lorraine and everyone who plays this vital role.”
For information about volunteering for BTR go to http://www.braintumourresearch.org/contact/volunteer-for-us
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