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Ayrshire man who lost his wife to cancer is spearheading charity's new drive for volunteer phone 'buddies'

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An Ayrshire widower whose life was touched by cancer is spearheading a new campaign to encourage more people to volunteer. Dennis Clifford, 76, from Ayr, sadly lost his beloved wife Winnie to leukaemia - six years after she was diagnosed.

Now he is fronting a new campaign to help Macmillan Cancer Support recruit lead volunteers, for its ‘buddying service.’ The charity is seeking volunteers from across the Ayrshire community.

The service supports people with cancer, helping them to feel less isolated by pairing them with a telephone buddy.Dennis is a lead volunteer with Macmillan Cancer Support and has been giving his time to them for 11 years.Having witnessed the help the charity gave to his wife Winnie when she was going through her cancer journey, he’s now encouraging people across Ayrshire, with a little spare time, to volunteer.Originally helping with Macmillan’s cancer information and support services, Dennis moved across to the ‘buddying’ service after the pandemic.He said: “When all the face-to-face support stopped to keep everyone safe, I was told I could continue my work as a ‘phone buddy’ and I jumped at the chance.“It’s a great way to support people, to have someone to talk to, someone to listen and help them feel less alone.“The charity supported my wife and I, when she was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2004, sadly Winnie passed away in 2010 - I’ve always wanted to give something back and say thank you.“If I can be of help to someone else going through a tough time then I’ve achieved something.“You get to meet new people and it’s incredibly rewarding.”Dennis added: “Macmillan are a great charity, they do so much for people going through cancer.“I wish to remain as a volunteer with them for many years to come

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