Dreams do come true
This Volunteers' Week we're delighted to share Lucy's guest post about what Willow means to her and why she's recently become a Willow Champion:
"Hi everyone. My name is Lucy Taylor, I'm 23, I live in Newport and I have Cystic Fibrosis. I had my Special Day in February this year - a visit to Liverpol FC training ground. I've been on cloud nine ever since!
My Special Day is a day I will never forget for the rest of my life. It was magical. Thanks to Willow my dreams came true and it was amazing to have a day where I didn't have to think about my illness. Since my Special Day, I've found out more about the charity and just how many people with serious illnesses like my own Willow has helped.
After my day I wanted to help raise as much awareness for Willow as I possibly could. When I was asked to be a Willow Champion a few weeks ago, I knew that this was an opportunity I needed to grab with both hands. I wanted to be a part of a truly inspirational group of people who are willing to make a difference to the lives of people with serious illnesses. I felt honoured to be asked.
Willow is now a charity that is very close to my heart - and not just my heart but also my family and friends, too. Thanks to Willow my dreams became a reality and I will always be eternally grateful to them for that.
As for the future, I am now focused on coming up with my best fundraising ideas and hopefully getting the ball rolling. Wish me luck - or why not join me?"