Target Ovarian Cancer cheer squad - London Marathon, Tower Bridge

Volunteer

Our volunteers are fundamental in helping us raise funds and awareness. Find out how you can get involved and help women with ovarian cancer!

We couldn't continue our work without our committed volunteers, who give up their time to help us raise funds and awareness.

I lost my mum suddenly to ovarian cancer in 2015. She passed away six weeks after her diagnosis, and it tore our family apart. I decided I had to turn this awful sadness into something positive.

Being a volunteer for such a great charity in mum's memory has helped me get through these last four years, so thank you Target Ovarian Cancer for welcoming me in when I needed you.

Emma, Target Ovarian Cancer volunteer

From joining the Team Target cheer squad to volunteering at one of our events, or helping us with an organised collection, find a role that suits you.

Team Target cheer squad

We need enthusiastic volunteers to help cheer on our amazing runners at various events. You'll help to create a great atmosphere and give them the boost they need to cross the finish line smiling! 

As part of the official Team Target cheer squad, you'll be placed on the route along with other volunteers, supporters and Target Ovarian Cancer staff. You'll get a t-shirt and cheering materials, and will be able to meet our fantastic team of runners and help celebrate their success.

How to join a Team Target cheer squad

Find a date and location that suits you and a member of the fundraising team will be in touch with more information.

London Landmarks Half Marathon

Date: 23 May 2021, 9am–2pm
Running through the heart of London, this stunning closed road route will showcase the best of the capital’s historic landmarks. Following the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 race is themed to celebrate and reflect upon the landmark moments of 2020, so join our themed cheer point today.

Richmond RunFest

Marathon: 27 March 2021, 9am–3pm
Half marathon and 10k: 12 September 2021, 9am–12pm
Sign up to support our runners at this incredibly scenic marathon, running through a world heritage site, the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew.

Brighton Marathon

Date: 12 September 2021, 9am–4pm
This popular marathon by the seaside is flat and fast, making it a great race for seasoned runners and marathon first-timers alike. Join us to be part of the city’s major sporting event.

The Virgin Money London Marathon

Date: 3 October 2021, 9am–5pm
Join Team Target for the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon – the world's largest annual fundraising event! This famous marathon draws big-name athletes and charity fundraisers alike, with over 42,000 runners taking part in 2019. Be part of making the famous atmosphere at one of our two cheer points.

Royal Parks Half Marathon

Date: 11 April 2021, 9am–3pm
A beautiful half marathon through central London, starting and finishing in the iconic Hyde Park. This race incorporates the stunning scenery of the capital, as well as the calm, leafy splendour of the Royal Parks. Join us in Hyde Park to cheer on the team!

Join a Team Target Cheer Squad

Covid-19 – will the Target Ovarian Cancer led cheer points be safe?
Yes. We are working with event organisers to ensure our cheer points are in line with their event-specific Covid safety measures and government guidelines, and we’ll be in touch with any government updates or changes to the law that could affect your participation.

Can't make it?

Want to support a friend who is supporting us by fundraising at an event not mentioned above? We can send you a cheer pack including a banner, clap banner and balloons to make their day extra special.

If you have any more questions please email fundraising@targetovariancancer.org.uk or call us on 020 7923 5474 and we’ll be happy to help.

Volunteer at our events

Join us at our flagship events: Run for Mum and The Ovarian Cancer Walk | Run. There are lots of things to do, from welcoming people at the beginning to directing them around the course and handing out medals at the end. You'll be working as a large team of volunteers, supporters and Target Ovarian Cancer staff and we'll provide you with a t-shirt and cheering materials.

The Ovarian Cancer Walk | Run

Want to help us take steps to beat ovarian cancer? Volunteer at The Ovarian Cancer Walk|Run at:

Sign up now and one of the team will be in touch soon with more information.

Join the team

Roles on the day:

  • Set up and man the welcome area (8.30am start)
  • Marshal the route to ensure participants know the way and encourage them with cheering (9am start)
  • Celebrate with finishers by giving out medals and goody bags
  • Photographers

All events will start at 11am and finish at around 3pm, however you are more than welcome to stay in the parks for as long as you would like. We will pay reasonable public transport expenses (within the cities) and you’ll be provided with a t-shirt and snacks. As a thank you for your hard work you’ll receive a goody bag and certificate too!

Can’t make it on the day? You can still make a huge difference by getting involved with promotion of the day and encouraging your community to take steps to beat ovarian cancer – we can send you flyers for distribution among your local networks and online.

If you have any more questions please email fundraising@targetovariancancer.org.uk or call us on 020 7923 5474 and we’ll be happy to help.

    What you will get out of volunteering at our events:

    • Experience working with an events team.
    • Learn about how events are run on the day.
    • Gain experience of dealing with members of the public and supporters.
    • And, importantly, contribute to a successful fundraising event, helping to improve the lives of women with ovarian cancer, now and in the future.

    No previous knowledge or skills are required, we just ask that you arrive with a friendly smile and encourage our supporters with enthusiasm (and a loud cheering voice!).

    Covid-19 – will the event be safe?

    Yes. Our events take place outside with plenty of space, so we’re able to make them safe and fully compliant with government guidelines. We don’t expect any changes that would affect our ability to put on our events but we’ll be in touch with any government updates or changes to the law that could affect your participation. 

    Collections

    Target Ovarian Cancer volunteers collecting money at Euston station

    Raise funds and awareness by organising a collection at a station or another public space. We can help you secure permission from local authorities, as well as any relevant permits or licenses. 

    Live in or near London? Volunteer at one of our weekly London station collections. By giving up two hours of your time, you can raise vital awareness with hundreds of commuters, as well as funds to help save lives. 

    Find out more about collections