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A helping hand from across the Atlantic

“Hello, I’m Charice and I’m a recent high school graduate all the way from Canada! With only a couple days left in London, now seems like a great time to reflect on my summer internship here in London.

In my third week here in London, I was preparing for my interview with The National Brain Appeal and I remember noticing how well my values reflect those of the charity. I’ve always been interested in charitable work back home and I also want to train to become a geriatrician. The National Brain Appeal raises funds for patients who are affected by neurological conditions and maybe one day I’ll be working with seniors who have the very same conditions.Whilst working at the charity I’ve been helping Jess out with the upcoming Pyjama Party campaign. I loved that from the very first day the team treated me like I was one of them. I definitely wasn’t the coffee girl; I was doing hands-on work, which ranged from drafting letters to head teachers, telephoning supporters, putting fundraising packs together and emailing student unions. Some of my favourite moments have been when supporters tell us their stories; their bravery and enthusiasm in supporting The National Brain Appeal are really quite inspiring. I’ve been able to learn so many communication and organizational skills in such a short period of time and I’ll definitely be using these skills in the future.

Adapting to the London culture has definitely been a steep learning curve for me; I’ve realized… I mean I’ve realised (I still mix up Canadian and British spellings) how diverse London is! I’d have to say my favourite thing so far has been the vibrant nightlife where you can go to a free comedy night and then go for gelato with your friends after or get squished on the Tube after watching a musical.  I think I’ll definitely be missing London and how close and accessible everything is. From the efficient Tube system to the Pret on every corner, you can get anything anywhere.

This has been an amazing experience for me, both with The National Brain Appeal and London life in general. I’ve learned really important working skills and I’m so grateful that I had this opportunity.”

If you would like to volunteer for The National Brain Appeal, please do get in touch.











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