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Meet Abigail, Children’s Cancer North Events Manager. She came to us with masses of events management experience, having worked for the Great Run Company previously. Read her #MeetTheTeam blog which also talks about her six years between the mountains of West Canada and France.

Before Children’s Cancer North

 

Before I joined Children’s Cancer North, I worked for five years as an Events Manager for the Great Run Company, where I worked on a selection of mass participation sports events under the Great Run and Great Swim brands in varying capacities. It was a fantastic organisation to be a part of and enabled me to learn and hone many of the skills I use in my role today in the planning and delivery of the Children’s Cancer Run events in Newcastle and Carlisle, and the newly added Children’s Cancer Run At School event. I have also worked within corporate team building events and local authority events teams during my career. Some other exciting events I’ve been involved in are London 2012 and several other National Sports competition events run by Sport England.

Working for our charity

 

I started in my role as Events Manager for the charity in March 2016 when we were North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR). I’ve thoroughly enjoyed developing the portfolio of events for the charity over the past 6 years and love working with the amazing team of individuals across our staff team, the charity trustees and the incredible people who volunteer and support our events. It’s a real pleasure to be part of such a forward-thinking group of people and I can’t think of a better cause to support.

It is my responsibility to make the events happen; from the initial planning phase, through the delivery stages of the event, and to the de-rig and event debrief. I work with the venues, suppliers, safety advisory teams, corporate supporters, exhibitors, entertainers, schools, NHS teams, fulfilment teams, volunteer groups and individuals, and brief the event committee on how we will deliver the events each year. If anyone is keen to get involved with any of our events in any capacity, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are always looking for new event volunteers across the region to expand our team, including both organisations and individuals. Also if you would like to discuss a way of assisting the delivery of our events as a corporate supporter we would be keen to hear from you.

Making life better for children with cancer

 

As a parent to young children myself I can only begin to imagine how devastating and utterly life changing it would be to be told your child has cancer. It is a total honour to be tasked each day with finding ways to use my skills, knowledge and networks to raise money to help families who are going through such a heart-breaking journey. I am in awe of every family I meet who has been affected by childhood cancer. It is this inspiration that pushes me to be the best I can be to ensure we raise the most money possible through the events we organise and deliver as a charity.

In my personal time…

 

During the summer of 2020 when we were all in what felt like an eternal lockdown, I joined an amazing group of women (initially, like-minded school mums) who continue to meet several times a week on the coast to give our bodies a solid workout at Bay Bootcamp. Sometimes I am less enamoured about getting up at 5.30am on a cold and frosty morning to motivate myself physically but I absolutely love the feeling of coming home to a (sometimes still sleeping!) household having already pushed my body to its limits for the day.

Before moving to Whitley Bay 13 years ago, my husband and I spent six years between the mountains of British Columbia, Canada and the French Alps working in the travel industry. We’ve also been fortunate enough to have witnessed the beauty of New Zealand in a campervan. All of these places have been amazing to spend part of our lives in and now, with two young children keeping us on our toes, we don’t need too many excuses to get them outside in the fresh air to explore the stunning area that surrounds our home. We feel very lucky to live a five minute walk from the incredible North East coastline and a half hour car journey from the beautiful scenic Northumberland countryside. We couldn’t have picked a friendlier part of the UK to raise our children in and feel extremely privileged to call the North East our home.

If you haven’t already done so, please take a look at our Events listings page on our website and if something takes your interest, sign up today! We are really looking forward to re-engaging with our supporters and the chance to see lots of people at our events in 2022, which (with our fingers firmly crossed!) we hope will go ahead with little to no restrictions this year. If you have any questions about our events you can email contactus@childrenscancernorth.org.uk

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