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Last weekend was a very busy one for the Findacure team. Katie and Libbie took Cambridge by storm, with Katie leading an army of Cambridge RAG bucket collectors and Libbie recruiting to the cause at Volunteer4Cambridge. Continue reading to find out how they got on.

Katie’s bucket collection

Cambridge RAG is a the brilliant raising and giving society for Cambridge University students and Findacure was thrilled to be selected as one of their charities to collect for this term.

Throughout Saturday, enthusiastic students from Cambridge RAG volunteered in two hour shifts to grab a bucket and fundraise. The volunteers were primarily based in Lion Yard, a busy shopping centre in Cambridge town centre, which allowed them to chat to as many people as possible. As well as raising vital funds, the collection provided a great opportunity to tell the general public about Findacure’s work and raise awareness of rare diseases.

Huge thank you to Cambridge RAG for choosing to support Findacure and congratulations on raising a brilliant £277.30 – every penny raised will go towards transforming the lives of rare disease patients and their families. We are exceptionally grateful to the volunteers who gave up their precious Saturday time and especially to Jonny, Cambridge RAG’s bucket coordinator,  for organising the troops!

Libbie’s volunteer stand

We treasure our volunteers here at Findacure. Even the smallest support can make a big difference and our work would not be possible without the commitment and kindness of our volunteers.

To raise awareness of the cause and recruit people to join us, Libbie joined over 80 local and national charities at the annual Volunteer4Cambridge event on Saturday. After a very engaging hour networking with the other fantastic organisations present, the event was opened by Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough mayor James Palmer. Close to 900 members of Cambridge’s community came through the doors to learn about the volunteering opportunities open to them. Libbie loved having this opportunity to raise awareness about rare diseases, what Findacure does, and how volunteers can help us achieve our mission.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Cambridge City Council for organising such a well-planned and informative event. We’re looking forward to next year already!

If you want to get involved and have a little spare time to give, why not join our fantastic team?
We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help us with a range of activities, including marketing, design, communications, fundraising, project organisation, on-the-day support, photography, and scientific advice. Whether you are experienced in these areas or a complete beginner, we are sure to have something to suit your skills, availability, and personal development goals. Find out more here.

Connecting with our Cambridge community

by Libbie Read time to read: 3 min