We sat down with Jess to talk about her role at The National Brain Appeal: she told us what her job entails, why the TNBA cause is so vital and we asked her to share something surprising about herself with us…
“I have worked at The National Brain Appeal since August 2012 when I started on a temporary contract to organise Christmas events. I was made a permanent member of staff in January 2013 and my role as Fundraising Co-ordinator is really varied: looking after the charity’s own events (such as gala dinners and race days), managing Christmas (cards, bazaar and concert) and running the annual Pyjama Party fundraising campaign. I also am very involved with volunteer recruitment and management.
I’ve really enjoyed working on all the events I’ve organised by if I were to pick a favourite it would be our Pyjama Party film night last year. Although there were a few technical glitches (!), I loved how our audience really got into the spirit of the event by dressing up and singing along to Grease. The guests in the hotel where we held the event looked rather envious of all the amazing outfits, hair-rollers and people in pyjamas and onesies wandering about!
I’ve had many conversations with different groups of people about my job and there’s always at least one person (often more) who knows somebody living with a neurological condition. I don’t think that there’s enough awareness that one in every six people in the UK are affected. Since starting at the charity I have known of two close family friends who have been treated at The National Hospital and heard their personal accounts of the amazing care they received from the staff. I am really proud to play a part (if only small) in ensuring the hospital stays at the forefront of patient care.
Something surprising…? I was a sporty child and loved being in the spotlight (note – Jess still loves being in the spotlight). I was a gymnast until I was 12 and went on to play football for Gravesham. I also LOVE sweet things (as the team will testify) and on occasions eat my dessert before my main – it’s a guilty pleasure!”