Cancer Awareness Chair - Relay For Life Bournemouth

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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’.

We aim to raise maximum awareness of cancer at every Relay For Life event. This is a unique and empowering opportunity which highlights the power of research, reminds us of the importance of early detection, and informs about the signs and symptoms to look out for.

What will you be doing?

  • Planning and coordinating engaging and fun activities to event attendees to promote cancer awareness
  • Providing information and communicating simple cancer prevention messages
  • Using the resources available to you to get creative and engage attendees in a fun and inspiring way
  • With the aid of online Cancer Research UK resources, obtain up to date and accurate messaging for content
  • Work closely with other lead chairs to plan and coordinate activities for teams on the day

The type of person we are looking for

You do not need to be an expert in cancer research or cancer prevention. However, a healthy interest in physical wellbeing and a desire to encourage positive healthy habits in others is important. You will have a positive approach and be comfortable speaking in public. You will be resourceful and imaginative in your approach and have excellent organisational skills.

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 events and team recruitment
  • 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 logistical, 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. venue site visits, committee meetings etc.


Please fill in our online form. If you have any questions please contact your Local Fundraising manager Charlie Hawker on 07824 598113 or via

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