My Week: Sheila Jane Malley prepares for a yearly appeal

The director of grant-making and policy at Children in Need recounts her week

Sheila Jane Malley
Sheila Jane Malley

Monday: I start the week by doing some planning for the Fun and Friendship event we are running at the BBC in Salford in December. The event brings together disabled young people from projects we have funded to share good practice and look at the underlying issues that make it more difficult for disabled teenagers to have social lives. It was very useful to hear the young people's perspectives.

Tuesday: At a board meeting, the trustees agree the final tranche of this year's grants, bringing our grant spending to more than £47m this year. It's the highest amount we have ever distributed in a year but, although it's fantastic and seems like a lot, I know there is so much more need out there. I notice the office is starting to fill up with an amazing assortment of items ahead of next week's Children in Need appeal night. There are boxes, bears, banners and balloons everywhere - it's a feat to navigate from one end of our floor to the other.

Wednesday: We run through the Designer Pudsey Auction event that is taking place at Christie's on 15 November - it looks as if it is going to be a star-studded occasion, so I'm going to have to think carefully about what to wear. My favourite Pudseys have been designed by the fashion house Balenciaga. It has designed five bears in beautiful floral patterns.

Thursday: I have a video conference with colleagues from around the UK about some of our new processes for grant-making. The new grant strategy is being launched next year and we're doing a lot of preparation. I'm known for my poor sense of direction, so there are a few laughs when I get lost on the way. I have video conferences nearly every day, but sometimes there are glitches.

Friday: I look over the guest list for an event we are hosting in Broadcasting House to share learning from one of our grant programmes. I'm really looking forward to sharing ideas. There's only one more week until appeal night, and the countdown - and mayhem - has officially begun. BBC Children in Need is the corporate charity of the BBC in the UK.

Sheila Jane Malley is director of grant-making and policy at Children in Need

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