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Five ways to make a difference in 2017

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

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Does the phrase “New Year New Me’ seem familiar? With Christmas now feeling like a long-gone memory, new year is here with its familiar dose of hope and expectations. 

Facebook is currently alive with the sound of people chirruping about how 2017 is going to be their year – but can you make a difference to the world around you in the next 12 months?

We’ve got five ways where you could legitimately make a difference in 2017 – something you can talk about in your yearly round up post on social media in December, or at the very least, feel very good about.

1)    Volunteer

Volunteering sounds a lovely idea on paper but it also comes with a number of benefits including the chance to make a difference to a cause that is close to your heart, being a part of a team without expecting anything in return and could also be seen as a CV builder.

The National Council of Voluntary Organisations estimates that 15.2 million people in the UK volunteer once a month, while 23.1 million people volunteer once a year.

Here at Leukaemia CARE, our volunteers are making a difference in a variety of different roles. Some are the friendly voices you reach at the end of the phone as part of our 24/7 CARE line, while some may be reading and assessing our literature before it goes to print.

We have various ways to get involved at Leukaemia CARE – why not find out more about our volunteering here.

2)    Donate

Around 41% of people say they give to charity from time to time, with a third of people giving to charity on a monthly basis. 

Most charities in the UK rely on donations to carry out the work in the various sectors they represent.

£5 donated to Leukaemia CARE could go towards the running of our GP tool, which will help patients have an earlier diagnosis to start treatment earlier. £10 will ensure that patients can access journals and magazines with up-to-date information about their diagnosis.

Donations can be made online here.

3)    Try something new

Fed up of the same-old same-old? Looking to inject some excitement into 2017 with a new fun challenge?

In 2015, studies showed that over a third of Brits were planning a New Years resolution but over 63% later confessed that they hadn’t kept it up.

…and what is the number one resolution?

Well, to lose weight.

New Year’s Resolution can maybe seem boring or a little tedious, but why not take on a challenge for Leukaemia CARE to give yourself something to aim for.

Looking to lose weight? Do just that by getting into training for one of our running events. You don’t need to be running a full marathon: set yourself an achievable target, tell friends, family and colleagues and set yourself a target for charity which you’ll reap the benefits of.

Don’t fancy running? We’ve got cycling events, walking events, world-record Skydive attempts – in fact if you can dream it up, you can probably turn it into an event to inject a little more spice into your life whilst doing something fantastic for charity.

Leukaemia CARE is always looking for people looking to take on their next challenge – find out more about our fundraising events here.

4)    Raise awareness

Supporting a charity does not always have to be measured in monetary terms. Awareness of a cause of issue has its own currency and can help a charity in its aims or objectives.

Here at Leukaemia CARE we are always looking to raise awareness around blood cancers. We’ve devised a handy symptoms card with information about our GP tool on for our supporters to take to their local Doctor’s surgery. This free training module will help to raise awareness of blood cancers and will hopefully lead to an earlier diagnosis for some patients. You can download your flyer to take to the GP’s here.

5)    Give us a like, share or mention!  

Sometimes you just haven’t got the energy or resources to dedicate to a huge project. We get that. So, at number five, here is the easiest of the lot.

Give us a like on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date with what the charity is up to.

When you see some information which is of interest i.e. symptoms cards and the like or maybe a video, you could give it a share and make a difference.

Give it a go today.

You can find us on Facebook here, Instagram here and Twitter here.

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