Wed 3 June 2009, The Independent

Gordon Brown: Ours is a country being lifted up every day – by volunteers

By Gordon Brown
It's time to celebrate our volunteers There are some people who argue that Britain is broken, but I believe the opposite is true. Ours is a country being lifted up every day by the people who love it – and this week, Britain's 25th National Volunteer Week, is a celebration of the millions who give their energy to make a difference. Whether they are helping out the elderly or tutoring young pupils, campaigning on local issues or fundraising for global ones, each volunteer is a testament to the fact that Britain is filled with people sharing their talents so that others can realise theirs.
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