My Week: Rachel Dring

The community fundraising manager at Whizz-Kidz recounts her week

Rachel Dring
Rachel Dring

Monday: After a weekend of attending church fetes, including a cow racing competition, I am tired but ready for another week. Today I hold my first volunteer open evening at a hotel that has kindly provided the venue for free. I arrive and am told that the laptop speakers provided - essential to the presentations I've been working on for the past week - are broken. With 20 minutes to go, I have a Challenge Anneka moment and dash to the local store, hoping for a charity discount. I even flash my Whizz-Kidz T-shirt, but to no avail. I return with minutes to spare and am pleased to see a good turnout. The evening goes well and several people ask about volunteering with us.

Wednesday: I meet one of my volunteers to discuss placing collection boxes and how to raise more awareness of the charity. There is a definite art to fitting volunteers to the correct role: I am still working on perfecting this. Clear communication and setting expectations very early on have served me well, so far. My partner is happy that I'm not working this evening and that we can spend some time together. Work/life balance is a constant challenge for me.

Thursday: I attend a lunchtime talk at a local Rotary Club. This has become a regular occurrence for me, meeting with local groups and presenting the work that Whizz-Kidz is involved in.

I enjoy getting out of the office and telling people about what we do. The generosity and passion of others never ceases to amaze me - I get to meet some truly remarkable people.

Friday: Ruth, our Ambassador Club manager, and I attend a day with 15 Whizz-Kidz 'ambassadors' on the set of the TV soap Hollyoaks in Liverpool. The day has been organised to encourage teamwork and motivation. The kids receive a tour of the set and are introduced to some of the show's characters. We split the kids into small groups to film a documentary of the day. All I hear is laughter, and I feel lucky to work in a job I love. Not many people can say that without their fingers crossed behind their backs.

Whizz-Kidz gives children with disabilities the chance to lead a more independent life.

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