Fliss Buckles is business development manager at MCC International, a public relations consultancy. She is giving a week to volunteer at an Over The Wall Gang Camp for kids affected by cancer and other illnesses.
How did you become involved with the charity?
I only became aware of the Over The Wall Gang Camp through an awareness-building project that MCC International did for the organisation. As part of my job I was asked to help raise money for the project, which meant that I began to learn about the charity and the work it does for kids in the Winchester area.
Why did you decide to volunteer?
Volunteering seemed to be the most positive thing I could contribute to the scheme. The organisation is in desperate need for more helping hands to cope with the growing number of kids coming to the camps. I felt it was a good opportunity to do something I had never done before.
What will your week involve?
I'm going to be working on the Siblings Week, which is geared towards the brothers and sisters of seriously sick children. I'll be working as a carer for an individual child and will spend most of the week organising activities for them. It will involve a fair bit of work, as the kids are aged from eight to 14 and there will be a lot of sport and physical activity.
Do you support any other charities?
This year a group of us at MCC are planning to do the Race for Life. I have also volunteered for Snaps, a local Winchester-based charity that helps special needs children. I also donate to a range of cancer and children's charities.