Blood Cancer UK • London (flexible)

Special Events Assistant

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £26,000 / year

Remote-first – With Office Locations

Fully flexible hours

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Job Description

Blood Cancer UK, the UK’s leading blood cancer charity, is looking for a talented, motivated and enthusiastic Special Events Assistant to join the team. Our special events programme is key to supporting our ability to raise the funds and awareness to help us achieve our mission of beating blood cancer within a generation. The successful candidate will work on the charity’s most high-profile events, including our annual David Jones Golf Day, Carols by Candlelight and the Alternative Hair Show. This is an excellent opportunity for a proactive, creative and resourceful individual to gain on the job experience in high value events and join the fight against blood cancer. We welcome applicants on a job share basis, please specify in your cover letter if you would like your application to be considered on this basis. Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Key Responsibilities


  • Work with the Senior Special Events Manager to develop and deliver a broad portfolio of both income generating and cultivation and stewardship events
  • Work collaboratively across the charity to identify and lend your expertise to other teams to help deliver our wider organisational strategy
  • Act as the key point of contact for all aspects of event planning and delivery including sourcing and coordinating invite lists, managing all RSVP’s and ensuring these are accurately recorded on the database
  • Take responsibility for key event logistics, sourcing and negotiating with all suppliers ensuring we maximise our return on investment
  • Build a network of contacts to source prizes and gifts in kind for all events
  • Work collaboratively with the Brand, Content and Design teams to create bespoke materials for each activity, ensuring they are tailored to inspire and engage event attendees
  • Work with the Digital and Social Media teams to develop an online promotional strategy for each activity
  • Be confident at developing and providing in-depth briefings for volunteers, suppliers and all staff working at events
  • Contribute to the overall strategic development of the Special Events team as you develop your skills, expertise and specialist insight
  • Keep the database and other reporting systems up-to-date and accurate

General Responsibilities:

  • Take responsibility for your continuing professional development, including developing understanding of current trends in Special Events as well as what motivates philanthropic donors


  • Promote Blood Cancer UK’s vision, mission and core values
  • We’re all fundraisers. This is slightly different for all roles, and your team will have fundraising KPIs and objectives we all work to
  • Attend and assist at Blood Cancer UK events and activities as required (NB: this involves evening and weekend work)
  • Be an effective ambassador for Blood Cancer UK at any activity you attend
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of our work
  • Follow the principles of LEAN and continuous improvement
  • All staff are expected to adhere to Blood Cancer UK’s policies and procedures
  • Do any other reasonable things your manager needs you to do

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

Skills knowledge and experience

  • Experience of providing administrative support on multiple projects with overlapping deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to liaise with a broad range of stakeholders
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability and commitment to deliver to tight deadlines and the initiative to suggest solutions to challenges
  • Experience of working effectively and collaboratively within a team, being able to work closely with the Senior Special Events Manager but also with the self-motivation to work on your own initiative
  • Ability to show tact and discretion when dealing with sensitive and confidential information
  • Confident at variety of computer packages including Word, PowerPoint and Excel to produce event briefings, reports and evaluations. Knowledge of a fundraising database would be advantageous.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – Our maternity/shared parental/adoption offer is 12 weeks at full pay, 12 weeks at half pay, followed by 15 weeks at the statutory rate.
Enhanced paternity leave – Our paternity leave offer is 6 weeks at full pay.
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
Work from anywhere scheme – For the vast majority of our roles, there is no requirement to work from one of our offices. We meet up as an organisation at 2-4 in-person events each year, such as all-staff away days.
30 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay – Our enhanced sick pay offer is: Up to two years’ service: 4 weeks full pay and 4 weeks half pay After two years’ service: 12 weeks full pay and 12 weeks half pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Fertility treatment leave
Teambuilding days

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options Blood Cancer UK provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Blood Cancer UK is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

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Office locations

London and Edinburgh

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United Kingdom
What employees are saying

"There has been a significant shift in our ways of working over the last few years. It feels as though it has become the norm to work as flexibly as you feel comfortable with. There are periods in the year where it gets extremely busy, but the skills we're developing in house are focused on time management and prioritisation to support all staff to feel confident to challenge or offer alternative solutions if capacity is stretched."

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