What volunteering means to me Chris volunteers regularly at Independent Lives and made a huge amount of candy floss volunteering at the Halloween Fundraiser Fun Day. Chris talks about the importance of fundraising to support disabled people to take part in social activities. What did it mean to you to be able to take part in the Halloween Fun Day? A lot, actually. I met loads of different people, from the public, staff, Independent Lives customers, and other volunteers - I was introduced to lots of family and friends which was a really lovely experience. It was lovely to spend time with other staff, and all of the wonderful people Independent Lives support, in a fun, social setting. Besides, who would have handled the candy floss if it weren't for me! It's not often you get to take part in something so wholesome that has such a big benefit to so many different people - being a big part of that was an absolute joy! What did you think of the event itself? It was amazing. It was so great to see so many different people from all walks of life coming together to support such an amazing cause. All of people there were so happy, really enjoying themselves, and just generally having a fantastic time. The whole event was really well supported by all of the staff and volunteers, and it was great to see people like the Town Crier attending and lending their support to such a terrific cause. Why do you think it's important that we fundraise to support disabled people to take part in social activities? There's a real lack of funding available right now, and charities like Independent Lives need all of the help that they can get to continue to innovate and support their customers the best they can. Independent Lives do such amazing work both in and out of the community. Disabled people deserve just as much joy in their lives as anybody else. Things are tough for everyone at the moment, but particularly so for disabled people like myself. There are lots of lonely disabled people out there, who without the events that Independent Lives are able to run thanks to the money raised by our wonderful public, would be completely isolated seven days a week. These are the kinds of activities which we need to continue to support to ensure that disabled people are able to get out and about, as they deserve.