Survivorship Chair - Relay For Life St Albans

St Albans
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Why we need you:

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
Cancer Survivors are the Guests of Honour at Relay For Life. Anyone who has dealt with the emotion that comes with a cancer diagnosis is considered a Survivor. This includes those newly diagnosed, those undergoing therapy for cancer as well as those who have been successfully treated. The opening Lap of Honour for Cancer Survivors is a celebration of life and a uniquely empowering experience for those living with cancer. Cancer Survivors make us all feel hopeful and reminds us all of the importance of our part in Relay.
A capable and compassionate individual is needed to co-ordinate the invitation process, organise the Survivors reception, ensure that there is a programme of activity on the day and provide opportunities for Survivors to meet throughout the year.

What will I be doing?

  • Researching Cancer Survivor Networks and working with teams to invite Cancer Survivors to attend the Relay as Guests of Honour.
  • Creating a network of Cancer Survivors linked to the Relay and making those Survivors aware of Cancer Research UK’s activity and its Cancer Information Service, as well as the Relay event.
  • Regular communication with the survivors in the lead up to the event.
  • Planning and coordinating activities for Cancer Survivors at the Relay itself, in particular the unique Opening Lap of Honour and the Survivor’s reception
  • Following up and involving Survivors after the Relay. A thank you letter and regular meetings throughout the year can help Survivors bond as a group and also encourage them to be involved in next year’s Relay – perhaps as a Committee Member!

What skills do I need?

  • Ideally, you will be a Cancer Survivor, but this is not necessarily essential. If you feel a connection with Cancer Survivors then this could be the job for you. You need to have sensitivity and compassion towards Survivors and their concerns.
  • You need to be either well connected within your community or unafraid of approaching groups and individuals to explain what Relay is and how they can be involved.
  • You need to be able to plan and coordinate activities, but be flexible enough to adapt them at the last minute should the need arise.

How much time do I need to commit?

You will be expected to attend a training day. You will need to start actively recruiting Cancer Survivors as soon as you can prior to the Relay, and attend all Relay For Life Committee meetings (these will probably be monthly and then weekly as the Relay approaches) and be present on the weekend. You will need to respond ad hoc to inquiries from Survivors about the Relay and arrange follow-up activities after the Relay with Survivors who have attended.

What support will I be given?

You will receive training on the Survivorship role. As well as being part of an enthusiastic and supportive Relay For Life Committee, you will have access to a dedicated Staff Contact with whom you can liaise, via your Committee Chair, should you have any queries.

What benefits can I expect?

Leading Survivorship 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 bringing your community together in a safe environment to unite against cancer and the money raised will help Cancer Research UK beat cancer 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
Research has shown that the more Survivors there are at a Relay For Life, the more successful the event is.

Where will I be based?

This role will certainly get you out and about in the community. You will be the hub connecting the Cancer Survivors within your community and, although some of the work can be done from home (emailing, writing letters and phoning), you can’t underestimate the value of meeting Survivors face-to-face and explaining how important they are to the event and inspiring them to become involved with Relay.


Please fill in our online form. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Gray your Local Fundraising Manager via or 07766 902004. 

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