Relay For Life Survivorship Chair - South East London (BR1-BR6)

South East London
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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’.

Survivors of cancer are the guests of honour at Relay For Life. We are looking for someone to make sure these heroes are honoured. This is a unique and empowering opportunity which highlights the power of research and reminds us of the importance of our part in Relay.

What will you be doing?

  • Researching existing networks and working with teams to invite cancer survivors to attend the Relay as guests of honour
  • Creating a local network of cancer survivors and building awareness of Cancer Research UK’s activity, the Cancer Information Service and the Relay event itself
  • Regular communication with the survivors in the lead up to the event
  • Planning and coordinating activities for cancer survivors at the event, in particular the opening lap of honour and the survivor’s reception
  • Maintaining relationships post Relay, including recognising and encouraging survivors to continue their support of Relay For Life and Cancer Research UK

The type of person we are looking for

We are looking for a capable and compassionate individual who can inspire others. You will create a network amongst the survivors in your community and create opportunities for them to meet throughout the year and on the day of Relay. You will have a positive approach and be comfortable approaching groups and individuals to explain Relay and how to get involved. A forward thinker who is both adaptive and reactive.

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
  • 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, relationship, leadership and event management  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. 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. meetings, networking etc.


Register your interest and your Local Fundraising Manager 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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