Relay For Life Ashford - Accounting Chair

Ashford, Kent
Home-based roles
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Why we need you

“Cancer never sleeps, and neither do we”

Relay for Life is an overnight community event that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those lost and rallies everyone to fight back so we can bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Each Relay is a community-led, non-athletic event where teams set up camp and take it in turns to walk around a track for up to 24 hours to signify that ‘cancer never sleeps’. Relay for Life Ashford will be in its second year in May 2017 and we need your help to make this happen…

We are on the lookout for a savvy numbers guru to be the next Accounting Chair for Relay for Life Ashford. This role makes an enormous difference to the success of a Relay event and to the total amount of income raised from each event. If you’re motivated, organised and familiar with accountancy systems, this role is the one for you.

What will you be doing?

  • Maintaining accurate and up to date financial records including banking and acknowledging donations.
  • Working closely alongside the Event Chair to ensure any expenditure by fellow committee members is reasonable. Taking a coordinated approach to ensure your Relay does not exceed its expenditure/investment allowance.
  • Promoting the benefits of online giving and Gift Aid to participants via the Team Chair
  • Checking in teams on the day at the registration desk.
  • Arranging a secure area to count and keep money at the Relay venue. Ensuring a logical receipting and accounting process for any on the day donations.
  • Announcing the top fundraisers and awarding them prizes at the end of the Relay.
  • Reporting to Cancer Research UK at required times throughout the year.

The type of person we are looking for

We are looking for a self motivated and organised Accounting Chair who can work accurately and thoroughly  using Cancer Research UK’s accountancy documents. You will have a calm and collected approach and will be comfortable and willing to recruit others to help you with counting cash. IT skills are desirable as you will be required to access details of online donations. If you already have some cash handling and accountancy experience, then fantastic!

What you can expect from Cancer Research UK

  • An induction and ongoing support and guidance from your Local Fundraising Manager as well as fellow volunteers
  • Advice on how to set up and promote a variety of fundraising events and accountancy processes
  • Wider support via the Relay For Life network across the rest of the UK
  • We will reimburse agreed out of pocket expenses

What benefits can you get from this role?

  • Meet like-minded people who are working together to raise money for Cancer Research UK
  • Development and support on your accountancy, event management and leadership skills
  • Know you are helping Cancer Research UK bring forward the day when all cancers are cured
  • Be part of a huge, fun and inspiring event

How much time do you need to commit?

You will be expected to attend an initial training/induction day. Planning generally begins 9 months prior to the Relay, but we want to get started as soon as possible to make Relay for Life Ashford as big and brilliant as possible. We expect you will attend all Relay for Life Committee meetings, these will most likely be monthly and then weekly as the Relay gets closer.

Your role in particular requires liaison with the other committee members, and regular contact with the wider team is essential.

Where will you be based?

This is a home based role, however a large part of your role will include you being ‘out and about’ in the community e.g. team recruitment, bank nights, meetings etc.


Register your interest and your Local Fundraising Manager - Lynette Farley – will contact you to tell you more about our Relays and find out more about your skills, experience and motivations.

Join us today and together we will beat cancer sooner. 

Why we need you

Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, every hour and every person. We need you to help us by volunteering. Play a part in this inspiring story and volunteer. Help us to create more tomorrows.

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