Relay For Life Accounting Chair - Nottingham Relay For Life

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Why we need you

Cancer Research UK is seeking committed individuals to take on the exciting role of managing the accounts for Relay For Life event in your area.

Cancer Research UK Relay For Life is a celebration of the communities fight against cancer as the teams fundraise in the months leading up to the event. Each Relay is an overnight, 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’.

Everyone is invited to come along and celebrate the lives of Cancer Survivors, remember those lost to the disease and show their support of Cancer Research UK's vital work and the day itself has a carnival atmosphere.

It’s crucial to the smooth running of every Relay that all Cancer Research UK accounting practices are adhered to and we have a duty to ensure that all monies are handled responsibly. A motivated and organised Accounting Chair can make an enormous difference to a Relay and to the amount of income from each event e.g. effective and accurate accounting can result in extra money in the fight against cancer from Gift Aid - it really helps everyone to enjoy the celebration if all the details have been taken care of.

What will I be doing?


  • Banking and acknowledging donations and keeping accurate financial records for Relay.
  • Work with the Event Chair to ensure any expenditure by fellow committee members is reasonable and take a coordinated approach to ensure your Relay does not exceed its expenditure/investment allowance.
  • Selling in the benefits of online giving to participants via the Team Chair.
  • Keeping track of the Members in each Team and how much they (individually and as a Team) have raised before the Relay. Most of the money raised by teams will be taken prior to the event on special Bank Nights and you’ll be in charge of coordinating this.
  • Awarding incentives.
  • Checking in the teams on the day of Relay at the registration desk.
  • Arranging a secure area to count and keep money at the Relay and receipting and accounting for any donations made on the day.
  • The fun part – announcing the top fundraisers (team and individual) and awarding them prizes at the end of the Relay.
  • Reporting to Cancer Research UK at required times throughout the year.

What skills do I need?

  • Experience in cash handling and Accountancy is highly desirable.
  • You will need to be organised and have the ability to work with Cancer Research UK accounting documents accurately and thoroughly.
  • You need a calm approach and be willing to recruit others to help you with the counting.
  • IT skills are desirable as you will be required to use the Event Management Centre to access details of online donations.

How much time do I need to commit?

You will be expected to attend the Accounting Chair training day. Your role will probably start in earnest about 6-9 months prior to the Relay, although you will attend Relay Committee meetings all year round (these are usually monthly and then weekly as the event gets closer). Teams raise the majority of their money for Cancer Research UK prior to the Relay and hand it in on a Bank Nights but you will also be expected to attend the Relay to process and bank additional donations. You will be expected to bank regularly to Cancer Research UK and maintain accurate records each time that money is paid into your Relay or expenditure is taken out.

What support will I be given?

Besides the help and support that the other Committee Members will give you, you’ll also get training in Cancer Research UK’s standard systems of accounting and will be provided with a suite of forms and spreadsheets to support you in recording the information that Cancer Research UK will require from you. Your Staff Contact will be able to advise you on any accounting or other matters of which you’re not sure.

At Cancer Research UK we value diversity and we're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We will consider making any reasonable adjustments to support volunteer applications from people with a disability or health condition. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures and believe that volunteers from diverse backgrounds will help us to beat cancer.

What benefits can I expect?

Leading as Accounting Chair for your Relay will harness and develop the skills and experience you possess and will result in a tremendous achievement. You will play a major part in ensuring monies raised by bringing your community together to unite against cancer is accounted for accurately which can be extremely rewarding. The Relay itself is fun and a great way to meet people and make friends with people in your community

Where will I be based?

Much of the accounting work can be completed from home, although attending committee meetings and collecting money on Bank Nights will require being ‘out and about’ in the community. You will also be required to be at the event on the day.

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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