My Week: Ann Chalmers

The chief executive of the Child Bereavement Charity recounts her week

Ann Chalmers
Ann Chalmers

Monday: I leave home at 6am to catch an early train up north to lead a day's training for 20 paediatricians on supporting families in end-of-life care, funded by the Department of Health. Attendees appreciate hearing directly from a bereaved parent about their experience of losing a child. This is the last of 15 such days we've delivered across the country, and evaluations have been really positive.

Tuesday: I do battle with the M25 for an office-based day. I write to thank our runners in the Virgin London Marathon, who between them raised a fantastic £85,000. I then turn to reviewing applications for a training development post we're advertising and deal with several press enquiries after the release of my name as a guest at this week's royal wedding.

Wednesday: I'm working from home because the day is to be spent mostly on the telephone. I give an interview to a national newspaper about Prince William's role as our royal patron since 2009, which has significantly raised our profile and helped us to extend our influence. One reporter is disappointed when I won't disclose how much I paid for the dress I intend to wear to the wedding.

Thursday: I'm back in the office for a final catch-up ahead of the bank holiday. I meet the management team to monitor progress against strategy before our next board meeting. There's major upheaval in the office because we're making space for new volunteers who are joining the fundraising team.

Friday: It's royal wedding day. It's a huge privilege to receive an invitation to the ceremony at Westminster Abbey. Security clearance starts at 8.15am and we are seated before 9am. There is a tremendous atmosphere in the abbey and it's wonderful to be there to see our patron on such a special day. I give a telephone interview to the Press Association on my way home to greet relatives and prepare for the next wedding - that of my eldest son the next day.

The Child Bereavement Charity supports families when a child dies or is bereaved, and educates professionals

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