Today (1 June) marks the start of the Volunteers’ Week, which is always one of my favourite times in the annual calendar. It’s a time to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make across the UK and say thank you. And whilst I hope you feel our gratitude all year round, Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to stop and really focus on all the wonderful things you do to support the MS community to live better with MS.
As I think of you today, I’m so proud of everything we’ve achieved together. With your support, people with MS, their families and friends in communities across the four nations, have access to vital support and companionship. Local and national governments and decision makers are being challenged on decisions they make for people affected by MS, and together we’re influencing changes for the better. Ground-breaking medical research is progressing with the help of your fundraising, and information about treatments and how to find relevant services is being shared with those who need it.
The support you give us, and the impact it has on people with MS, is immeasurable. So, I’ve asked some of my colleagues to record ‘Thank You’ messages in the video above. I hope it will make you realise how special we think you are.
Over the next seven days we’ll be shouting as loudly as we can about the incredible impact you’re having on the MS community, and our fight to help people affected by MS. We’ll be sharing your stories on our website and across our social media channels. Please keep an eye out and share and comment on our posts.
It would also be great to see stories and pictures of your Volunteers’ Week celebrations, so please share them on your social media pages and tag @MSSocietyUK, #VolunteersWeek, or #MSVolunteers
You can also use our social media assets to let other people know that you’re volunteering for the MS Society and celebrating volunteers with us. You can find these on the Volunteer Website here.
I’d like to wish you a great Volunteers’ Week and another successful year of volunteering with us.