30 people share their personal experiences of volunteering with the MND Association.
"Joining the MND Association was the best thing I have ever done."
"I have been a visitor for several years and never cease to be impressed by how positive and courageous those I visit are."
"I am proud to be associated with such a worthwhile and highly motivated organisation, and to be honouring my wife’s memory in this practical way."
"It is a great privilege to be able to be there for both the person living with MND and their families and friends in the last part of their journey through life."
"My most memorable moments have been the laughs we have had."
"When the Association was formed it was like a 'life-line' for people."
"I get much more from this activity than I can give and enjoy what we do."
"Even if the cause of and cure for the disease is found, people with MND and their carers will need help."
"People with MND soldier on valiantly and always manage a smile even though life is very tough for them –I know then why I am doing this job."
"I have enjoyed my time and the work I do as a volunteer...I find it both worth while and fulfilling."
"The most satisfying and incredibly rewarding experiences were gained in my role as an Association visitor and branch contact."
"...the more people involved the more the awareness of the disease will be raised and the sooner a cure will be found."
"I very quickly realised that it’s a two-way thing – there are mutual benefits."
"I remain committed to the Association having seen the devastating effects of the illness, firstly through my work colleague the many people living with MND I have had contact with over the years."
"Despite MND being a devastating illness there is a lot of fun and friendship to be found both locally and nationally..."
"I thought it was I who would be doing the giving, but it’s not; it’s the peole I visit who give."
"I would advocate volunteering to learn new things and give something to the community."
"I feel that in my own small way I am able to put something back."
"You meet some amazing people!"
"It is the most satisfying work possible."
"Go for it - you will meet a wide variety of people, and have a lot of fun."
"It’s a very friendly, professional and supportive organisation."
"I have met some amazing people who cope with this awful disease with dignity and courage and are an inspiration."
"My overall enjoyment has been in seeing our team efforts come to fruition..."
"I have met some wonderful people through these years.
"I am grateful also for the care and support the Association offers to volunteers whom it clearly values."
"Using my knowledge and experience to help people with MND and their carers has become a very rewarding way of life for me."
"I have met some wonderful people in my role as Association visitor, people with incredible strength and tenacity."
"It is the courage of ordinary people faced with this condition that is perhaps the most memorable thing to me."
"It is a privilege to be invited to support the individual and family."