A day in the life of a charity events team…

As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, the whole agency has been given the opportunity to take a day out from our hectic lives as PR professionals and volunteer for a charity of our choice.

I live in Woking, and quickly decided that the charity I would volunteer for would be Woking Hospice. My reasons for choosing this charity were varied. I have a deep admiration for the service they provide and know from personal experience how fantastic their support and level of care is in time of desperate need. My mum is also a community fundraiser for the Hospice and so I regularly have it impressed upon me how crucial volunteers are!

My day of volunteering consisted of helping the events team prepare for the Santa Fun Run, due to take place four days after my volunteer day, on Sunday 6th December. This largely consisted of admin work ahead of the day, including creating signage and compiling packs to be handed out to volunteers during the day with everything they would need for the day at Mercedes Benz World.

December is always one of the busiest periods of the month for a charity and I was amazed at how calm the team seemed, especially since this was their fourth large event in a very short period of time, with little time to prepare. The countless calls, flurries of emails and constant movement from desks did remind me of being at The McOnie Agency in the days leading up to a trade exhibition/client event!

The Santa Fun Run was a great success and nearly 500 Santas transformed Mercedes Benz World and ran either 2.5km or 5km, all for a fantastic cause.

We all lead incredibly busy lives but this time of the year is often the perfect time to reflect, appreciate what you have, and do what you can for others less fortunate than you.

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