June has been volunteering for the MS Society since 2014. She shares what motivated her to become a volunteer and why supporting the MS community is important to her.
Inspired by my sister
When I retired in 2016, I was looking for something productive to do with my time. My sister Sandra has been living with MS for around eight years (pictured are my sister and I aged 10 and three – a long time ago!). Seeing the daily challenges she faces motivated me to fundraise and volunteer for the MS Society.
Photography is my passion so I created a calendar and donated the proceeds to the MS Society. I’ve now produced and sold calendars for the last five years and raised over £3,400.
Using photography to support the MS community
After I created my first calendar, the fundraising team asked if I’d like to take photographs at Edinburgh Marathon Festival and I’ve been taking photos at events ever since.
Taking photos at the zip slide I find very emotional. Seeing people who are severely affected by MS flying through the air at speed with an enormous grin on their face is such a humbling experience. Being able to capture that ‘look’ is really special.
In April, I took photos at MS Society’s Parliamentary Reception at the Scottish Parliament. This is the second time I’ve done it and is a really special occasion. I like interacting with people so really enjoyed speaking to MSPs and hearing about their roles and challenges they face.
No day is the same
I’ve done so many things volunteering for the MS Society. I also support the fundraising team with office work, I joined a group of people affected by MS to help shape support for people newly diagnosed. I also persuaded businesses in my area to turn orange for MS Awareness Week 2019 by displaying collection cans and bunting.
From my point of view the sky is the limit, the range of things I have done has been fantastic. If people have spare time and have a bit of energy, I’m sure they will get as much out of volunteering as I have.
My sister and my family are proud of the support I give to the MS Society and were very interested in reading the press coverage achieved through my MS awareness week activities.
They have all supported me in selling calendars and with their assistance I have continued to raise an amazing amount of money helping to raise awareness and valuable funds to further research in MS.