After running the London Marathon for Muscular Dystrophy UK in 2018 Sam Tisbury, who lives in Essex, wanted to do even more for the charity. He has since supported at multiple Town and Gown events and was back last weekend supporting this year’s London Marathon runners. We spoke to Sam about the value of volunteering to him and why he continues to get involved after all his incredible efforts so far.
Why do you choose to volunteer?
After meeting some people and hearing their stories when I ran the London Marathon for MDUK in 2018, I wanted to do more. I have previously fundraised but I also wanted to help and to give something back, any way I can.
Outside my normal job where I’m training to become a Financial Advisor in London, I have offered to help at MDUK events when needed. I have volunteered at two Town and Gown 10k runs and will be helping out again at the Newton Oxford Town and Gown this month. As I didn’t run the marathon this year, I also volunteered at the Expo and on Marathon day.
What is it so important to you personally?
My uncle Byron was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in his mid-20s. He’s my biggest hero and a true inspiration. Despite living with the condition he wakes up every morning with a smile on his face. I’d always wanted to complete the challenge of a marathon, so decided to run for MDUK in 2018 to give something back and make him proud.
During the actual marathon, I met a North Wales couple who had started a family fund called Team Jenson. Upon meeting these guys (and their little son), I knew that I wanted to do more to help play my part in raising awareness after the race was up.
What do you feel the benefit of volunteering is for you?
I know that my uncle is proud that I do it, so I never have hesitations when it comes to helping out. It also makes you feel good about giving back.
I joined the MDUK marathon group on Facebook while I was training. This friendly group helps everyone. People posted their runs, their fundraising efforts, their newspaper articles and even tips from MDUK’s running expert. Everyone on this group played their part in helping me across the line. They were all inspirational, and part of the reason I now volunteer.
Which parts of your volunteering do you enjoy the most?
Being part of a fun and friendly team that you can see are passionate about their jobs. Everyone at MDUK is super friendly, which makes volunteering so easy and really enjoyable.
I am making some good friends through it. Having a link to the condition through a family member also makes it a no-brainer. I will continue to help out at future events wherever I can.
To find out more about the other volunteering opportunities we have for you, book your place on our one-day workshop: Volunteering at MDUK – the difference you can make, on Saturday 8 June 2019 at Holiday Inn London – Gatwick Airport. https://www.musculardystrophyuk.org/events/volunteering-engagement-and-training-day/