A CANCER campaigner is appealing for people to join her in the fight against the disease this Volunteers Week.
Suzanne Puntis, of Baffins, is a volunteer campaigner for Cancer Research UK and is calling on people from all walks of life to help keep cancer at the top of the political agenda by signing up for the charity’s ambassador programme.
She said: ‘You don’t have to be directly affected by cancer to be a Cancer Campaigns Ambassador.
‘Knowing I’m helping to influence those who have the power to make a difference, has been rewarding and I’m pleased to have helped protect future generations from cancer by playing my part in the successful campaign for standardised cigarette packaging.
‘But there’s still so much more to do. To be effective we need a Cancer Campaigns Ambassador in every constituency.’
With around five people diagnosed with cancer every hour in the south east and a shortfall of Cancer Campaign Ambassadors in the south coast region, more motivated individuals are urgently needed.
Becoming a Cancer Campaigns Ambassador for the charity allows volunteers to gain new skills and meet passionate like-minded people committed to a good cause.
No previous experience is needed as training will be provided.
Suzanne represents the Portsmouth North constituency for the charity and takes part in a range of activities, including meeting local MPs, attending parliamentary events and encouraging the local community to have their say on issues affecting cancer patients.
She signed up for the charity’s Ambassador programme 10 months ago following treatment for cancer.
She added: ‘I hope people on the south coast will be inspired to sign up and support Cancer Research UK. With just a few days a year required for volunteering the time commitment is small, but the impact you could make is huge.’
Applications can be made online at cruk.org/ambassadors. (The charity is asking for applicants to state in their application how they heard about the programme).