My week

Teresa Nightingale, general manager, World Cancer Research Fund

Teresa Nightingale
Teresa Nightingale

Monday: Every Monday, our management team has a meeting that is joined via conference call by colleagues from the WCRF charities in the Netherlands, France and Hong Kong. It's always good to find out what the other charities are doing, and I also find it very useful to get their feedback on the ideas we have in the UK.

In the afternoon I proofread our new leaflet about the links between salt and cancer before it goes off to the printer. Although most people know having too much salt is bad for you, there is still a lack of understanding that it also probably increases the risk of stomach cancer. The leaflet looks great, so I hope it will play its part in increasing awareness.

Tuesday: It might be the summer - not that the weather is giving us any indication of that - but at WCRF we are deep into a meeting about Christmas fundraising. It is important that we plan well in advance because December is an important month for us in terms of income.

In previous years, cathedrals have supported us by lighting candles to remember those lost to cancer. This is something we are hoping to do again this Christmas.

Wednesday: We're working on a revamp of our newsletter for our supporters, and one of the things we are working on is a shift to a magazine style. At the production meeting today, our in-house design team presents some fantastic options for us to trial - because it is such a dramatic change, we want to test what our supporters think before we make the change of format permanent.

Thursday: Today we have a 'pot luck lunch', an internal event we hold every couple of months. The idea is that the lunch has a theme - this time it is grains - and staff bring in healthy, preferably homemade dishes to fit with the theme. All the dishes go on a big table and then people can help themselves to little bits of whatever they like the look of. As well as promoting our healthy eating message to staff, the lunches are also a great opportunity for people who work in different departments to get to know each other better.

In the afternoon, we get our annual review for 2007/08 back from the printer. Everyone is really pleased with it.

Friday: I attend a finance meeting. Given the current economic crisis, being aware of our expenses and revenue is particularly crucial at the moment. Although income is down in a couple of the fundraising areas, the recession has not so far had the impact we feared it might. But we are not complacent - over the weeks and months ahead we will be watching the pennies very closely.

When I talk to the scientists we fund, it really brings home to me how important it is that we keep the money rolling in.

The World Cancer Research Fund gives money to scientific research and promotes healthy living

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