My Week: Chris Harbour brainstorms and inducts volunteers

The events and digital media manager at Noah's Ark Children's Hospice recounts his week

Chris Harbour
Chris Harbour

Monday: I'm at a meeting with a creative agency in north London that has offered us pro bono support with a redesign of our newsletter. I tie this in with a quick catch-up meeting with a supporter who is raising money for us by taking part in the Tough Mudder fundraising challenge.

Tuesday: I start the morning with a strong black coffee, creating an induction plan for a couple of fundraising recruits who start next week - we have been run off our feet recently, so we are looking forward to having them on board. We have expanded our retail outlets recently and the team has a quick afternoon brainstorm on window displays. In the evening we have a volunteer induction - they are a great group. Our more than 250 volunteers are the real backbone of the organisation - they help with anything from family support to administration.

Wednesday: We have a capital appeal meeting - we're hoping to raise £10m for a new hospice. As a result, lots more is added to the 'to-do' list. The afternoon is spent with people from Barclays who are doing a sponsored 'branch-to-branch' walk in north London.

Thursday: Most of the day is taken up with making amendments to the content of our website. We have had great feedback about the look of the site, but we are working on a smoother donation process and the ability to register online for events. In the evening, I give a presentation at a fundraising auction held by one of the guys, who is taking part in our Himalayan trek in October. He raises a fantastic £3,000.

Friday: We have stalls at a couple of summer fairs this weekend, so the office is overrun with tombola prizes and toys. I have a meeting with a firm in Fleet Street, London, which is helping us with the content of a direct mail appeal. On the train back to the office, I get a call from one of the mums we work with. I have a really great team, but nothing beats chatting to one of our families and hearing how Noah's Ark has helped them.

Noah's Ark Children's Hospice supports life-limited children and their families in north London.

Chris Harbour is events and digital media manager at Noah's Ark Children's Hospice

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