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Friday 07 June 2024

Brighton Volunteers Needed This Weekend To Play Their Part In The Big Help Out

An army of helpers are needed to support thousands of hikers taking to the South Downs this weekend as part of a nationwide volunteering effort.

The South Coast Mighty Hike is being held to coincide with The Big Help Out, and volunteers are needed to help the Macmillan Cancer Support team deliver the event.

You could be helping at Helen Gardens in Eastbourne on Saturday or Sunday to support hikers at the finish village, or at Brighton racecourse on Saturday to support at the full marathon start village. 

A Macmillan spokesperson said: 

"This weekend, millions of people are going to be doing extraordinary things in every community in the country and it feels amazing to be a part of that collective effort.

"We're looking forward to seeing people come together for the benefit of the local area and play their part in a project that"s going to make a difference to the lives of so many local people.

"There's plenty to get involved in with this role, and you'll be a key part of helping hikers celebrate their amazing achievement at the end of their hike. 

"You could be capturing photo memories for participants at our finisher wall, selling our participants a memento from our pop-up shop, or even congratulating our finishers across the line with a medal and glass of fizz. 

"Volunteering at a Mighty Hike really is one of the most rewarding experiences; sharing the sense of pride with everyone at the events, enjoying the brilliant atmosphere and feeling united by knowing that you are a key part in helping us to raise as much money for people living with cancer."

The event is one of hundreds taking place across the country this weekend as part of this year's Big Help Out - a nationwide volunteering opportunity organised by The /Together Initiative, a coalition of some of the UK's best known businesses and organisations. 

The Big Help Out is central to a volunteering fight back as the sector recovers from the terrible impact of consecutive lockdowns, which broke the habit of volunteering for huge numbers all across the country.  

Brendan Cox, co-founder of Together, said 

"Volunteering took a real hit from Covid, and numbers still haven't recovered. That doesn't just mean that community organisations have less capacity, it also means that too few people are getting the huge benefits of volunteering - it's good for your mental health, good for self-esteem and a great way to meet people too.

"We're urging people to join us and give it a go - it's so rewarding and it really could be one of the best things you ever do."

Match of the Day host and former England striker Gary Lineker is among a host of celebrities backing the event and helped launch this year"s campaign.

The Big Help Out 2024 takes place on the 7-9 June 2024. For more information, and to find out how you can get involved, visit https://thebighelpout.org.uk/

by: Mike Cobley




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