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Volunteers creating connections – Kelly’s story

 

Kelly Kajewski is one of a growing network of around 50 young people, parents, grandparents and siblings who are helping shape the work of Redkite through volunteering as Kite Connectors.

 

This role puts families’ experiences of childhood cancer right at the heart of Redkite. Kite Connectors share their personal knowledge and insight to help support families going through similar experiences and to develop our services in the best possible ways.

 

One of the key areas in which Kite Connectors are contributing to Redkite is the development of our digital information hub; Cancer Advisor. Volunteer and parent Kelly Kajewski has been part of this important project, contributing to the site’s development and creating a video to tell other families about its value.

 

Kelly shared with us some insights about her experience of working on this project and how she came to be involved in Kite Connectors.

 

What kinds of activities have you undertaken as a Kite Connector?  

As a Kite Connector I’ve been involved in testing the initial concepts of Cancer Advisor, in particular for their accessibility and relevance, and I’ve filmed an introduction to encourage other parents to visit the site.

 

How and why did you decide to get involved with Kite Connectors?
My son was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2015 and he’s still undergoing treatment. I wanted to give back to the organisations that have supported us when I was in a position to do so. Redkite
have been a great support for our family and I’m pleased to be able to help out in any way I can.
 
What is the best thing about contributing in this way?
Things can still be unpredictable with my son’s treatment, and I work and have another child so it’s not always easy to predict how much time I will have free and when. The activities I have done with Redkite, have been able to be completed at a time that’s convenient to me and there’s never pressure to take on more than I am able to at any given time.
 
What are the main benefits of being involved with Kite Connectors?
Being able to help a great organisation that I have had firsthand experience with.
 
What would your message be to anyone considering getting involved?
If you can volunteer, please do. It’s a great way to support families going through a very difficult time.
 
To learn more about Kite Connectors please visit our website and to click here to check out Cancer

Advisor.