Survivorship Chair – Relay for Life Chelmsford

Tue 19th March 2019
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Why we need you 

“Cancer never sleeps, and neither do we’”

Relay for Life is a year-round fundraising challenge bringing communities together to beat cancer.

Teams of friends and family fundraise for living-saving research, then join a 24-hour celebration showing that together, we are stronger than cancer.

Survivors of cancer are the guests of honour at Relay for Life.  We are looking for someone to make sure these heroes are celebrated.  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 local networks and working with Relay 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 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 survivors’ reception
  • Encourage survivors to invite a caregiver (someone who has looked after them, held their hand or been a friend during their illness) to join the celebrations
  • Maintaining relationships post Relay, including recognising and encouraging survivors to continue their support of Relay for Life and Cancer Research UK.
  • Working with the rest of the Relay for Life Committee to bring all your individual responsibilities together to organise and deliver this amazing event


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 
  • 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 
  • Development and support on your event management and leadership skills 


How much time do you need to commit?  

Planning for the Relay for Life event begins around 9 months in advance.  We expect you will attend all Relay for Life meetings with your fellow committee members.  These meetings are held monthly, but as the Relay gets closer these may become weekly.  Your role in particular requires regular contact with your other Relay committee members.



Please fill in our online application form. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact Jess Allchin your Local Fundraising Manager via or 07824 538005


Join us today and together we will beat cancer sooner.  


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