I hope you are all enjoying the intermittent sunshine and having a restful Summer. The heat has been quite a shock for us in the NRAS office and the fans are going between cooling us and then the servers down! We have been mostly consuming lollies. It has also been rather quiet, which is normal for this time of year as there are lots of people on holiday. Last year though, July and August seemed as busy as the rest of 2012 and I don’t recall there being time to think! This time, it’s been a good chance to catch up after the hectic RA Awareness Week and getting round to doing those little jobs that always get brushed under the carpet!
This is definitely the calm before the storm for me as; you may know already, we are updating our website this year. I am overseeing this daunting task so the next few months are going to be a bit hectic! Thanks to those who filled out our short survey on how and why you would use the site and we will need your help again as the project progresses, so please keep an eye out for this. I’m looking forward to a holiday in Cornwall next week and then it’ll be time to crack on with the project when I return!
While my colleagues Bronwen and Val, our Events and Community fundraising gurus have both been in different parts of America for a couple of weeks, I’ve looked after our fundraisers and had more insight into the sheer mass of communication and admin that is involved with assisting someone who has chosen to fundraise for NRAS. It’s been really interesting as, I’ve gone along to the Great North Run, Great South Run, the Royal Parks Half Marathon and our own Tandem Skydive over the last two years, but not had much interaction with the people involved beforehand. This year’s Great North Run and this weekend’s first ever Prudential Ride London 100 (100 mile cycle round the Olympic route from London to Surrey and back!) will be different as I have now had some communication with the fundraisers and know more about their personal reasons for taking part.
While I’m on the subject, we have 5 people taking part in the Prudential Ride London 100, I’ll be there to wave them all over Chiswick bridge and then later (hopefully) congratulate them at the finish. I have such admiration for them already as the hill climbs in Surrey are famously difficult. Hopefully the weather is ok on the day and they all reach the finish safely!
As usual, if anyone is interested in doing something to raise funds for NRAS, please get in touch on here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out more on how to get involved at nras.org.uk/support_us/defa...
Have a great weekend!
Digital Media Coordinator