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Guest post: Why I got involved with Pancreatic Cancer UK

Posted by: Fundraising 1 June 2016

Pancreatic Cancer UK is lucky to have lots of amazing staff working for the charity. We asked Caroline one of our longest serving members of staff, to take five minutes out of her day, to tell us about her experience of working for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

What is your role at Pancreatic Cancer UK?

My job title is Fundraising Finance Officer and I manage the Donations Team which sits within the Fundraising Team. The team's role, in a nutshell, is to process all the donations and fundraising income which comes into the charity. This includes making sure it's allocated correctly and that people are thanked, that it's all banked and that everything reconciles and balances!

Why did you choose to join Pancreatic Cancer UK?

I lost my wonderful mum to pancreatic cancer 8 years ago and wanted to get involved somehow. I responded to a request on Twitter about volunteering in the office and initially came in to help the Fundraising Team one day per week, mostly helping to send out fundraising materials. I was really lucky to join at a period of rapid growth for the charity, initially my volunteer role grew and I then had the opportunity to become a permanent member of staff.

What do you enjoy most about Pancreatic Cancer UK?

Having lost my mum, the cause is incredibly important to me but I also enjoy my work! It’s a really positive environment to work in and I work with a great team of people and a wide range of amazing supporters.

How would you sum up the Pancreatic Cancer UK team?

The Pancreatic Cancer UK team is incredibly dedicated, passionate and determined to meet our goals. Not everyone has been personally affected by pancreatic cancer but everyone is equally committed and driven. I think this is because pancreatic cancer is such an awful disease and because we have such wonderful supporters who inspire us daily with their dedication.

Do you have any fundraising favourite events?

I love the RideLondon-Surrey 100, which is a 100 mile cycling event through the capital and Surrey.  I have some keen cyclists in my family and have managed to rope them in to take part every year! It's always great to be out cheering at events and to get the chance to meet our truly inspirational fundraisers and to put faces to names. I also love opening postal donations and reading about community fundraising events, sometimes quite small events but often using imaginative ways to raise money, especially sometimes from young children, busking with bagpipes, selling cookies etc.

Call Everyone Dave Day in February is also a favourite. It's a really fun event and great to engage people who hadn’t previously heard about the disease or the charity. We always have fun in the office with this.

What is your personal highlight during your time here?

There have been lots of highlights. Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November is always a great month to unite everyone and November 1st, which would be my mum’s birthday, marks our Purple Lights Campaign. Seeing the UK light up purple on her birthday the first time was incredibly emotional, with my family supporting purple lights events across the country.

Overall though, I continue to be moved and inspired every time there is positive news of a research project's progress or a small increase survival rates and each one is a highlight. I feel very proud of Pancreatic Cancer UK, and am very lucky to play a part in making a difference.