The world has changed so much since 2011
A decade. Three Prime Ministers, Brexit, Covid-19.
Ten years ago I woke up on my 22nd birthday and was opening my gifts when the phone rang. As soon as my friend gasped, jumped up and ran out of the room, a cold dread came over me and I knew what had happened. In that moment my world changed forever as my beloved cousin Georgie was gone. He had passed away in the early hours of the morning 94 days before his 18th birthday.
Six months before Georgie died I had started my volunteering journey with Cancer Research UK for my first ever role. I was desperate to find a way to be useful when I was feeling completely useless as we watched him deteriorate. I sought solace in the volunteering once he died. My fellow volunteers were my support network and the work itself was a focus and a positive outlet for my grief as I mourned. It enabled me to keep talking about Georgie with people who could relate to how I was feeling.