Back in 1987 my mother was diagnosed with leukaemia and was treated at University College London Hospital. During this time my parents were introduced to Adrian and Myrna, founders and now Life Presidents of Teenage Cancer Trust. My mother did some fundraising during her two years of treatment and by the time she heartbreakingly died at the age of 45, the rest of our immediate family were already attached and have been involved ever since.
We were at the very first Royal Albert Hall show in 2000; my father and step mother have done many treks and fundraised extensively through the years and I volunteering on the ‘young Teenage Cancer Trust committee’ for many years. We organised lots of events with our most successful being at The Comedy Store in Leicester Square every November for 11 consecutive years.
Over the years the committee members all kept in touch informally and after I was made redundant a few years ago, an opportunity arose to work here at Teenage Cancer Trust. I always thought it would be too emotionally difficult to join the organisation as member of staff, but something made me reconsider, and here we are over 7 years on. It was the right decision and I know my mother would be very proud.
I’ve worked as a PA to senior staff, currently to Kate Collins in her role as Director of Fundraising and Marketing. I work closely with Kate and am also very involved in special projects like the Royal Albert Hall shows (very weird after being at the first one, I love every minute of the madness that involves!) and working with our Patrons and long standing supporters. My role has evolved to take on some exciting projects and it’s also a pleasure to count some of our supporters as old family friends and be so beyond proud about what we do here.
Things can be crazy, unpredictable but always rewarding and I love being able to help out in any small way to the young people we support and their families. I’m fortunate that my role enables me to ‘sprinkle some fairy dust’ as we call it occasionally, and it makes me very happy to be able to do so.
I’ve been working in the Regional Fundraising team for 5 years and have a dual role at present. My main job is as Local Fundraising Coordinator for West Midlands & Oxfordshire (3 days a week) and I’m also seconded for one day a week as Project Manager working across all the teams implementing a new strategy for community fundraising.
I started with the charity as a maternity cover in the regional fundraising team which I was able to convert into a permanent position as the charity grew. When I first saw the advert for the role I felt it was made for me, even though I didn’t really want a fixed-term job. So I applied and I’m so glad I did – my time with the charity has been varied, my skills have been valued, I’ve developed as a member of the fundraising team and I’ve seen the impact of the fundraising and how it makes a difference to young people with cancer. You can imagine my delight when I had the opportunity to apply for the role to be permanent!
I love working for Teenage Cancer Trust for so many reasons. Not least because I get to talk to and help lots of inspiring supporters raise funds for the charity, support a great team of regional fundraisers and help out at events like the Royal Albert Hall shows - all the while knowing I’m making a difference to the charity as we aim to reach every young person with cancer. What’s not to love!
If you have the opportunity to apply to work for Teenage Cancer Trust I’d say – go for it! You don’t know where the job may take you or what other opportunities you may get – but when they arrive, grasp them with both hands and know you’re making a difference to young people with cancer and their families.
I work in the Database Team within Fundraising, helping to manage the all of the data requirements across all teams in the charity. Data is incredibly important to ensure we look after our supporters and best support our teams here to fundraise and help young people with cancer.
The work at Teenage Cancer Trust is varied, interesting and challenging. In my role I have worked on many projects that have a huge impact on how we operate.
It's an amazing place to work, everyday brings new challenges and excitement. I work within a great team of people who all collaborate with the same aim of helping young people with cancer.
I work closely with people wanting to fundraise for Teenage Cancer Trust. I ensure that they have the best support and that we maximise the opportunity to raise as much as possible.
Every day I am absolutely taken aback by the generosity and selflessness of others. We are all working towards improving care for Teenagers and Young Adults diagnosed with cancer. The more I meet Young People and their Families on the Units the more empowered I feel to do my best to help the charity ensure that this vital care is available to every teenager and young person, wherever they live.
A Regional Fundraiser is such a varied role, each week is never the same and if you are good at developing relationships and working with all different types of people in different settings, this is ideal. You get to build some really great contacts and also the opportunity to develop your own region. It is extremely rewarding and great to be helping to make a difference.
My team is hugely supportive, we all work together and everyone brings different strengths to the team.
If you are passionate about working for Teenage Cancer Trust and genuinely want to support such a fantastic, cool charity to reach every teenager and young person diagnosed with cancer, then this is the ideal job for you. When I tell people what I do and who I work for, I always feel really proud.
As Education and Awareness Manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland my job is varied and always interesting. I am responsible for leading our successful secondary school programme in my region and managing a fantastic team who travel the length and breadth of the 2 countries to educate young people about cancer and how to take responsibility of their own health. I also manage and help co-ordinate our national sun safety campaign called Shunburn along with our communications team, as well as other national campaigns such as Teenage Cancer Action Week.
In addition to this, I am the education and awareness team UK lead for developing new resources for GPs and health care professionals so that we can help them engage with and support young people and their parents before, during and after a cancer diagnosis.
I feel very lucky to work for Teenage Cancer Trust. Having worked here since 2010 I have seen the charity and my role grow and evolve and I feel confident that everything we do is in the best interests of young people with cancer. It is often commented upon that Teenage Cancer Trust staff have a ‘spark’ and massive enthusiasm for their jobs, and I am lucky enough to see this and be part of it when working with all our our teams and departments. Working with positive people in a role that makes a real difference to young people with cancer makes it easy to feel motivated to come to work every day.
I believe my immediate and wider team are a group of talented, enthusiastic and hard-working people who are committed to making a difference and a pleasure to work with. In my role I am supported and valued, and feel that my ideas or concerns are always listened to.