Relay for Life Forest of Dean Volunteer Event Chair

Forest of Dean
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Relay for Life Forest of Dean is looking for a new Event Chair to carry them forward into 2017 and beyond. This is a fantastic opportunity to manage an important community event in the heart of the Forest, leading a great group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to help raise significant funds for lifesaving research.

This year will be Forest’s 12th year as a Relay for Life event and in that time they have raised over a staggering £600,000 for research into all types of cancer. The Forest committee is strong and experienced and their teams are some of the most passionate fundraisers we have. 

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 is an event for everyone.

Are you the leader of the pack? Someone who can think outside of the box? If you thrive on the excitement of bringing a team together to deliver something truly inspiring then the Relay for Life Event Chair role could be for you.

What will you be doing?

  • Recruiting, motivating and coordinating key volunteers to work with you on the Relay committee in a variety of roles.
  • Organising and chairing committee meetings and overseeing the progress of other committee members
  • Taking responsibility for the delivery of all key Relay standards at the event
  • Acting as the Relay event spokesperson, being available for media interviews and presentations
  • Planning and organising the opening and closing ceremony 
  • Communicating regularly with your Cancer Research UK lead contact to set and agree targets and to discuss progress and any issues that arise

The type of person we are looking for

Are you a ‘doer’, someone who knows how to look after their team and move things forward and have a proven track record in delivering results? Are you self-motivated and enthusiastic, someone who thrives on inspiring others to get involved? Do you have a positive approach and are you comfortable speaking in public? You should be resourceful and have excellent organisational skills as well as love working with people and be passionate about the work we are doing at Cancer Research UK.

What can you 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
  • Wider support via the Relay for Life network across the rest of the UK
  • We will reimburse agreed out of pocket expenses
  • Opportunity to attend a national Summit conference bringing together all Relays across the UK.
  • Attend training so that you can feel confident in your own ability to rise to the challenge

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 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?

It’s important to note that we are looking for someone to commit to at least 2 years in this role.

You will be expected to attend an initial training/induction day. Planning generally begins 9 months prior to the Relay. We expect you will attend all Relay for Life Committee meetings as well as team 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. meetings, networking etc.

Forest Relay currently holds their meetings at Freedom Leisure Lydney and the main event itself is also held at this venue.

A note From the Current Chair

This is a real opportunity for you to get involved in doing something positive for your community.  Relay for Life is an event that everyone can take part in and so it should be, as it brings whole communities together to celebrate life, recognise those who we have lost to cancer as well as support those who are still fighting cancer.  The event has a real feel of unity and togetherness about it and whoever takes on this commitment will need to have the passion to take the event forwards but in the knowledge that they have a strong support network around them – not only from their committee members but also from the dedicated teams that take part who also do so much in helping to put this community event on. 


Register your interest with Local Fundraising Manager James Rogers and he will contact you to tell you more about our Relay for Life Forest of Dean and find out more about your skills, experience and motivations.

Our current Chair will be stepping down after this year’s event at the end of June, having been involved with Relay for Life Forest of Dean since its first relay event 12 years ago and having chaired the event for the past 2 years.  We are therefore looking for someone who will be available from this period onwards and who is willing to dedicate their time and passion to work with us as soon as commitment allows them to.


James Rogers

Local Fundraising Manager (Gloucestershire)


Phone: 07900161844


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