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Charlotte Hits the Road

Here at NWCR, our Community Fundraisers are always on the go – from committee events to regional expos, they’re non-stop promoting the work of the Charity and chatting with the public about our important research.

We caught up with Charlotte, Community Fundraiser for Lancashire & Cumbria, to find out what she’s been up to this summer.

" As a Community Fundraiser it’s really important to me to make sure I get out into the communities we serve and meet the people that inspire our work at the Charity and who ultimately will be impacted by the research we fund. 

In Lancashire, just a few miles can see you hopping from a seaside town to an agricultural fair and I’ve made sure to visit as many events and meet as many people as possible.

During the May bank holiday some trusty volunteers and I took to the Wray Scarecrow Festival for the first time and amongst the hordes of homemade scarecrows, we promoted the upcoming challenge events of the summer and made DNA keyrings with visiting children.

Carnforth Carnival in July was another first for NWCR and is within my local community so I felt right at home at the revived event. We used this platform to promote the Sun Safety Campaign and make sure all visitors knew the signs and symptoms, as well as how to stay safe in the sun, by giving out our Sun Safety Guide and Sunsense sun screen samples.

Fleetwood Festival of Transport was another gorgeous sunny Sunday as we carried on with our mission to protect the North West against skin cancer. As well as giving out Sun Safety Guides and sun screens, we also invited children to make UV sensitive accessories that glow under UV rays and made sure they left with a goody bag.

Members of the research team at Lancaster joined us at Morecambe Carnival and, despite the weather trying its best to blow everyone away, all had a fantastic time delivering lots of fun, educational experiments for the public. Rounding up the summer was the North Lancs Business Expo, a buzzing two day event showcasing the best that North Lancs has to offer. We exhibited with the help of Lancaster University researchers once again, offering attendees the chance to see their own cheek cells under a microscope. We also sold DNA accessory making kits for children and made sure to have plenty of corporate supporter info on hand for the businesses there. 

I’ve had a brilliant time this summer sharing the importance of the life-saving work happening in Lancashire and beyond. Now it’s time to get ready for the Christmas season!"