• 12 March 2021

The gift of giving

When she’s not dressed as a Rhino or collecting surplus food around Borough Market, Milly Bowen, a Senior Consultant for Waterman Infrastructure & Environment, can usually be found spending her free time helping the local community and volunteering for charities around London.

Food for thought

Whilst on Furlough Leave last summer, Milly took the opportunity to join over 1,500 local volunteers with Age UK Lambeth, delivering goodie bags filled with chocolates, colouring books, games and puzzles to isolated, elderly or vulnerable people who were living alone during the COVID-19 pandemic. She explained: “Joining Age UK Lambeth was a great way for me to keep busy during a period like no other when I had lots of time to give back to my community. Despite climbing countless flights of stairs in blocks of flats and struggling to always find the right door, everyone I met was super friendly and grateful for the goodies. For some of them I was the only person they had spoken to that day, so it was a really rewarding experience.”  Thanks to their efforts, Milly and ‘Team Lambeth’ featured on the cover of Lambeth Talk’s Autumn 2020 magazine, which you can read in full here

Alongside Lambeth Council, Milly also signed up to be a pen pal for a resident of a nearby care home during the peak of the pandemic. After being provided with a little factsheet about her pal, including their hobbies, likes and dislikes, they’ve been exchanging letters for a couple of months with the hope of being able to meet up in person for a cup of tea in the near future.

Santa’s little helper

With a higher importance being placed on supporting small businesses over the Christmas period, Milly volunteered her time to help local crafts people and creators set up their stalls of unique hand-made gifts at the Brixton Windmill Winter Market on Sunday 13 December. Located on the site of London’s last working windmill, Milly joined a handful of stallholders and other volunteers to wrestle gazebos in the rain and mud before being able to indulge in the amazing range of craft beers, homemade cakes and festival crafts.

Walking all over cancer

The start of a new year also presents countless more volunteering opportunities and community work to be taken up. That’s why Milly’s kicking off 2021 by taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Walk All Over Cancer challenge in March. With the aim of walking 10,000 steps (the equivalent of 5 miles or 8 km) every day, Milly will be walking approx. 155 miles across 31 days in order to raise money for further life-saving research. She commented: “This challenge is close to my heart because I lost a very close family member to cancer a couple of years ago. I’m hoping to raise a bit of money for Cancer Research, a great cause, while keeping myself moving! My family and I are doing it as a team; as we’re pretty competitive, I’m sure I won’t struggle for motivation! It will be a great way to come together as a family when we can’t meet up like we normally would.”

If you would like to make a donation, please visit Milly’s fundraising page here.

To learn more about Walk All Over Cancer, click here.

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