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Hi, I’m Heather, and in this edition of #MeetTheTeam I’ll tell you about my long-standing connection to the charity, what I primarily do here and what I do outside of my role.

I joined our legacy charity NECCR in 2019. It was the 40th anniversary year and Fundraising Manager, Janet had ambitious plans to mark the occasion.

My background is in marketing and events – I’ve previously worked in many different environments from creative agencies, to (launching) ‘The Gate’ complex, to helping to grow and develop the amazing digital sector in the North East.

I’ve lived in the North East for 20 years; I moved here for a geordie called Chris who also just happened to be the reason that NECCR was founded 40 years ago, as he had cancer as a child.

Since I moved here, the charity has been a part of my life and I have always been involved in the Children’s Cancer Run. In 2019, when I was employed by Peacocks Medical Group (Chris’ family business), I asked if I could take some time out to come and help the charity.

It was meant to be a 6-month secondment, but two and a half years later, Peacocks are still sponsoring me in my role which is to head up the marketing and communications within the charity.

I love my job. The team are incredibly hard working, innovative and entrepreneurial – and for a small team punch well above their weight in terms of what gets delivered!

I am really proud of the work that I’ve undertaken since I joined the team. There have been a lot of firsts in a very small space of time – such as:

  • Our first ball (to celebrate 40 years of NECCR)
  • Our first Children’s Cancer Run in Carlisle
  • Our first app called The Climb was developed to help overcome the challenges of lockdown (and fundraising during this time)
  • Our first Parent Pack for the wards was created
  • Our first re-brand of the charity – which included a merger of NECCR and Children’s Cancer Fund, and a huge piece of work around our messaging, our values and what we stand for – and all digital and offline materials!

PHEW!

I can’t take all the credit, because it’s ALWAYS a team effort, but from a marketing point of view it’s been an immense challenge and very rewarding.

The team at Children’s Cancer North are ambitious and I am looking forward to helping us all achieve our goals in the next year.

I am very fortunate to have flexible working and only do this role part time. So, on my non-workdays I like to be outside as much as possible, in either green or blue spaces but more often than not, at the North Sea. I have paddle surfed for 15 years here in the North East and have also more recently qualified as a Stand Up Paddle Board Instructor.

I’m the last person to be introduced to you in our #MeetTheTeam series, we do hope you’ve enjoyed meeting us all!

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