Race for Life Schools Local Fundraising Coordinator

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Children are our future researchers, fundraisers and life-savers. We work closely with a number of schools that raise millions of pounds each year for life saving research through fundraising, whether that’s dress-down days, taking part in one of our campaigns or signing up to run their very own Race for Life! With over 32,000 schools in the UK, schools can have a huge impact on the pioneering and vital work carried out by Cancer Research UK.

Do you long for the day when all cancers are cured? Did you know that Cancer Research UK is the only charity with the knowledge and expertise to tackle all 200 types of cancer?

If you want to meet like mind people beating cancer, become a key ambassador in your community and help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured, then look no further.

What you'll be doing

Some of the things you may experience include:

  • Speaking to different staff members of the school about a fundraising product
  • Supporting the school to put together a presentation or assembly to educate children on Cancer Research UK or fundraising
  • Liaising with your Cancer Research UK staff contact to order fundraising materials for schools

Additionally, and in agreement with the school, you may be able to support the school in person with things such as:

  • Attending fundraising events to offer additional on the day support
  • Thanking schools through certificates and cheque presentations or school assemblies

Please note that you may be required by some schools to complete further safeguarding/vetting checks. Some schools will not allow you on their premises without completing such checks.

The type of person we’re looking for?

Individuals who have experience working with or at schools, colleges, youth groups or universities is desirable but not compulsory.

In terms of personal qualities, we are seeking to recruit confident individuals who are committed to working closely with each school over the school year. You will need to be proactive, passionate and not afraid to contact schools. You should also be approachable, flexible and able to attend occasional calls, meetings or events with school staff within school hours (usually in the mornings 8:30am).

As you will be a key ambassador for our charity, we are looking for someone with high standards of integrity and who understands the potential safeguarding concerns involved when liaising with educational establishments.  

Where will this role be based?

All roles will be home based and travel to schools and organisations within your area may happen if appropriate* and agreed with the school and your Cancer Research UK staff contact. This ‘area’ will be agreed with your Cancer Research UK staff contact.

How much time do you need to commit?

As this is a flexible volunteering opportunity this is something to discuss with your staff contact, but we’d be looking for our volunteer to be available regularly between November-July to coincide with school fundraising.


To keep our volunteers safe, and to comply with Government rules and guidance, this role will be home-based for the foreseeable future. All meetings will be carried out via telephone or video call until your Cancer Research UK staff contact notifies you otherwise.


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