The RSPCA is calling on budding photographers and enthusiastic animal lovers to volunteer for a range of events this year.

From London Marathon to the Great North Run there are plenty of opportunities to get involved from cheering on runners or taking pictures to capture the day.

Whether Team Cat or Team Dog, the RSPCA is looking for a variety of volunteers to sign up for events which raise vital funds to help the animal welfare charity continue to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals in desperate need of care.

Nicky Ifould, Head of National Fundraising Events & Regional Support, said: “For cheerers, it’s all about making some noise to help the runners get past the finish line. No experience is needed, all we require of the volunteers is to stand with other supporters for a few hours shouting some words of encouragement, ringing cowbells and telling the fundraisers how great they are!

“For photographers, we would like volunteers to have some kind of photography background but they by no means need to be professional photographers. Perhaps you’re a photography student looking to get some experience, or someone who has a passion for photography with a good quality, SLR style camera.”

Leanne Robson, 26, from Redbridge, London, volunteered for the London Landmarks half marathon in the capital this year. This is her first time becoming an RSPCA cheerer and she couldn’t wait to get started.

She said: “I wanted to volunteer for the RSPCA because they are a great organisation and I believe animals need a voice.ulia Westbrook and Fiona Macleod from Nairn, Highlands, in Scotland took the opportunity to visit London for the weekend and also volunteered cheering on the runners at London Landmarks this month.

Fiona said: “What I enjoyed most about the day was the reaction from the runners – they were all smiling as we cheered them all on, giving us a wave and a high five. As a runner myself, I know how important that little boost of positive energy is during such a long run!”

 

In return for volunteering the RSPCA can offer lots of support from the events team, volunteers will become part of Team Animal, meet new people, learn new skills to add to their CV, receive cheering equipment including t-shirts and cheering sticks, and be a vital part in ensuring the success of the challenge event. Those who support the RSPCA will also have the knowledge that each and every volunteer is making a huge difference to animal welfare.Fiona and Julia Cheerer volutneers

 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the RSPCA events, get in touch via events@rspca.org.uk

List of upcoming events and volunteer roles needed:

Event

Date

Volunteers

London Marathon

28 April

Cheerers, photographers

Brighton Marathon

14 April

Cheerers, photographers

Great North Run

8 September

Cheerers, photographers, Event Assistant

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