Seasonal Events Opportunities 2020


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Cancer Research UK’s Events team delivers a variety of events throughout the year including Race for Life 5K, 10K, Pretty Muddy, Shine and over 50 third party events supporting our participants. It is the UK’s largest fundraising event series with over 650,000 people taking part in more than 400 events nationwide, all doing something amazing whilst raising millions for Cancer Research UK. Take a step forward and kick-start your career working as an Events Assistant, Event Merchandise Team Leader, or Promotional Assistant at the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating all types of cancer. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain world-class hands-on experience working on some of the country’s leading events.

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The roles cover nine regions - Scotland and Northern Ireland, North England, North West England, The Midlands, Central England, East England, London, South West and Wales and South England, as well as our Sports team who cover third party events across the UK. Each region/team is supported by Area Events Managers and an Area Marketing Manager, with a dedicated support team of Event Assistants, Promotional Assistants and Merchandise Team Leaders. So there is a role for you!

Event Assistant 

Event Assistants play an integral role in the successful delivery of each of these events. 

Successful applicants will gain experience in course, start, finish, stage and volunteer management, as well as opportunities to work at some of our 3rd party partner events delivering post-race support and stewardship or leading a group of volunteers at a cheerpoint. You will become part of a dedicated events team who are experts in their field, have great fun and develop and deliver inspiring events which bring together communities, survivors and those who have been touched by cancer. 

You will also be provided with a Cancer Research UK induction, specific event delivery training and have the opportunity to forge great contacts and network within the UK’s largest charity.



Merchandise Team Leader

The Event Merchandise Team Leader role is all about event day merchandise selling. If you are doer, then this is perfect for you as you’ll be managing all our merchandise activity across a  number of events, driving sales, ensuring kit and stock are handled and kept appropriately, and managing stock levels and finances. There’s a lot to do, and you will have a dedicated team supporting you. If you are good at sales, team leadership and customer service – this is the role for you.

Promotional Assistants 

We want towns and cities across the UK to buzz with excitement about Race for Life – with you at the heart of this. We’re looking for motivated individuals, who will be confident talking to people about Race for Life and passionate about beating cancer.  This is a great career opportunity for people who are comfortable taking a lead, working in teams and inspiring others to be part of the UK’s largest fundraising event series.  Working alongside our Area Marketing Managers, you’ll be delivering promotional activity and face-to-face acquisition to show your passion for Cancer Research UK. You’ll also work closely with our volunteers, briefing them on activity and working collaboratively with them to upscale our promotional events.