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Greased Lightning

Around 9.30pm last night, a stream of people in their PJ humming songs from a musical, dispersed into the streets around London’s Oxford Circus. Some had slippers on their feet, others were in animal-printed onesies and many wore nightcaps. If you’re wondering what on earth was happening, this jolly bunch had joined our Pyjama Party held at the beautiful Courthouse Hotel.

The lobby had begun filling up with people around half 6 and it was wonderfully bizarre to see people at the bar doing double (or even triple) takes at the fact they were sharing their post-work drinks with people in dressing gowns and slippers. One couple had really gotten into the swing of things; she had her hair in curlers and her partner sported a marvellous 50s-style quiff.

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Doing it right for interns

It’s a theme that we have covered before – volunteers, interns, paid and unpaid – but it’s one I think is worth revisiting especially as we look for more helping hands in the run-up to Christmas.

I am very aware of the discussions around unpaid internships, added to by the fact we are based just around the corner from Unite union. It’s hugely important to me that we keep an eye on how internships benefit the individual (not the organisation) but I feel that there is potential for the anti-unpaid-internships argument to impact on the way we view volunteering itself.

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The season to challenge yourself

Tallulah, who co-ordinates our Challenge events, is looking forward to welcoming our new teams and participants for 2014

It never ceases to amaze me the physical tests our supporters will put themselves through and I’d like to thank every single one of you again for your brilliant efforts.

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One step ahead

Jess, one of our Fundraising Co-ordinators, always has her diary open six months in advance. Here’s why…

My work calendar always seems to be a little bit at odds with the weather outside: I seem to be thinking about Christmas in June and in the hottest summer we’ve had in years, I was researching different kinds of pyjamas. When it comes to wintertime, everyone else is getting festive and I’m planning summer fundraising events.

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Fifty miles for a fantastic cause

Jayne McCarthy who had completed a fifty-mile walk to raise money for The National Hospital wrote this moving piece documenting her journey. Well done for such an incredible effort, Jayne.

In 1985 an acoustic neuroma was found on my left hearing nerve. Although this was benign I lost my hearing on that side. Ten years later, the tumour had grown back and was subsequently removed.

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