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My time at Leukaemia CARE

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

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This is the second time I have been fortunate enough to undertake work experience at Leukaemia CARE, and it’s been just as wonderful as last time. There are so many things that need doing and so many ways we can help.

I chose to come back and do work experience here again because of how much I enjoyed it last time, and how working with them you actually feel like you’re making a difference.

My time here has been relaxed. I found that I quite enjoy admin duties, like sticking the labels on the collection tins, or envelope stuffing letters to be sent to nurses and other people we work with and support. I have also been looking for grants for the charity, and for people to get involved in the ‘Spot Leukaemia’ campaign this September for Blood Cancer Awareness Month.

It’s fascinating learning about the processes charities go through, and about the various forms blood cancer can take, along with its symptoms. Hopefully this increase in understanding can spread and encourage increased donations with which to support sufferers and those close to someone with the disease.

Leukaemia CARE is a wonderful charity, and the people here are genuinely passionate about the work they do, helping to support people living with or affected by blood cancers. The other day they were even talking about wearing a flamingo onesie while fundraising, thanks to a local pub’s flamingo bombing!

After this week, I have other work lined up for the summer, working with young people to fundraise for smaller local charities. And then, uni. I can’t wait.

My course is in journalism, so it is something which could be very useful if I continue with the charity work like I plan to. Doing work experience here has helped me to see how difficult it can be for charities to spread the word and acquire funds, so during my (hopefully) career in journalism, I will endeavour to help them raise awareness and succeed in their campaigns.

I’ve enjoyed my time here immensely, both this visit and the last, and I hope that what I have contributed has helped or been worthwhile. Thank you to all the Leukaemia CARE staff for having me here and making me feel so welcome.

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