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About the organisation

The National Brain Appeal

The National Brain Appeal is the charity dedicated to raising essential funds for The National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, London. Our aim is to continue to fund the latest technology and equipment crucial in this fast moving field and support research and state-of-the-art building projects and refurbishments at The National Hospital. Over 12.5 million people with a neurological condition in the UK today - this is more than the number of people living with cancer, coronary heart disease and diabetes combined. We fundraise through a variety of events and activities, from sporting events such as the London Marathon and Royal Parks Half Marathon as well as our own events such as gala dinners, art events and a Christmas carol concert. We have a fantastic supporter database with fundraisers doing a range of events or sponsored challenges for us.

This role has been developed especially for those that want to volunteer but are unable too due to other commitments. This is a great role as you will be supporting the fundraising team at some great events, that are fun and interactive. you will get the chance to speak to supporters and build on the great atmosphere. We have many events throughout the year that we need support with on the day. its not a regular commitment but we want to build up a community of volunteers that get to know each other that we can call on for support at each event.

Role Aim: 

The National Brain Appeal (RCN 290173) raises funds for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Institute of Neurology. We want to improve the outcome and quality of life for everyone with a neurological disorder by funding pioneering research, providing access to the latest technology for expert diagnosis and training tomorrow’s leading clinicians. Our volunteers help to make this possible.

We are a very small and busy team and the principle focus of this volunteer role will be supporting the fundraising team at some of the events we organise throughout the year as well as supporting fundraisers who organise their own fundraising events. This might include our Christmas carol concert, A Letter in Mind exhibition, music concerts, lectures as well as our challenge and sporting events such as the our annual Pyjama Party and Santa Run.

This role requires a few hours of your time on the day of the event, enthusiasm, punctuality and a smile.


? Being part of the event team on the day

* Helping to set up the event and venue

* Welcoming guests and looking after our supporters and ambassadors

* Talking to attendees about the National Brain Appeal and answering questions

* Assisting with auctions and raffles

* Helping with refreshments and handling cash donations and bucket collections

* Helping to pack up the event and thanking our hosts

* Lending your voice to cheer on our amazing challenge event supporters

Skills needed: 

? To have a friendly and approachable manner

* To have good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with a diverse group of people

* To be able to present yourself in a professional manner to members of the public, patients and their families, and clinical staff

* To be able to work as part of a team and on your own initiative

* To be understanding and flexible in responding to people’s needs

* To be organised, patient and calm and cope in a busy or stressful environment

* To be reasonably fit and active - able to stand/walk for a minimum of three hours



Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here