My week: Geraldine Long, development manager, Association for International Cancer Research

The Association for International Cancer Research development manager gets out and about.

Long: wrong career path for a sports car
Long: wrong career path for a sports car

Monday: It's not often dreams come true - well not for me, anyway, and certainly not on a Monday morning -but today is different. After years of running around like a headless chicken trying to do so many things on my own, today I have Helen, my new assistant. As I rather delightedly stride around the office outlining my vision for the future of the department, I am brought back to earth with a jolt. A phone call informs me the undertaker I had arranged to meet to discuss our tribute funds can't make it because he's in hospital. I hope he recovers quickly.

Tuesday: David Tennant: two words guaranteed to get my day off to a good start. I've just been handed the first cut of a new AICR promotional video in which he features. He's done a great job, but how I wish they'd edited me out. I start to wonder where I got that nose, which seems alarmingly big, and the strange accent. That aside, I'm really hopeful David's involvement will make a big difference to the charity's profile and his enthusiasm is really impressive.

Wednesday: I take a call from a motor sports club that has chosen AICR to benefit from its fundraising activities at Le Mans this year. Mike, the representative from Club Arnage, is actually visiting St Andrews in Scotland (where we're based) next week and wants to come and present the cheque to us. I love meeting our supporters, but unfortunately I'll be on holiday. I've always rather fancied a sports car, but I guess I've chosen the wrong career path to finance my lavish tastes.

Thursday: You really do come across them in the most unlikely places. Standing beside the bus stop outside the office waiting to make a dash across the road, I overhear two pensioners talking about AICR. Never one to miss a chance to talk about the charity, I tell them all about it and nip back to get some leaflets. Later I get a phone call, a donation and the promise of regular payments. Sometimes it really does pay to be nice.

Friday: Just as I pop a huge chunk of the Friday bar of chocolate into my mouth, the phone rings. At least it's a pleasant call from one of the scientists we fund. I am planning to take a group of our supporters to meet the scientist in question at her lab in Dundee. Not Dundee in Australia, unfortunately, but Dundee in Scotland. Never mind - it's always good to get out of the office and remind yourself why you're there in the first place.

AICR funds cancer scientists throughout the world to improve prevention, detection and treatment.

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