Meet the team – Alyshia Riley

Alyshia, our Senior Digital Fundraiser, talks about how her passion for all things media helps her come up with creative ways to inspire and support our fantastic fundraisers.

What did you do before joining Mesothelioma UK?
“After I finished my master’s degree in Film and Media, I gained lots of work experience. I loved the variety. It helped me understand that I wanted a role where I could utilise my skills across a range of different projects – something that I get from working for Mesothelioma UK.”

“I had no idea what mesothelioma was until I began working for the charity, which I now understand is a huge part of the problem.”

What do you do at Mesothelioma UK?
“I’ve worked at Mesothelioma UK as Senior Digital Fundraiser now for three years now. Like a lot of people, I had no idea what mesothelioma was until I began working for the charity, which I now understand is a huge part of the problem. I manage the content for the charity’s social media platforms, design marketing plans and fundraising initiatives and make sure that our fundraisers have all the support they need to make the most of their events. You will also find me behind the camera at most of our events and campaigns! But my role is always evolving, adapting to the current needs of the charity – which I love and certainly keeps me on my toes.”

“I’ve helped people put on bake sales, jump out of planes, and shave their heads and I never get tired of seeing what our fundraisers come up with to support us.” 

What is working for Mesothelioma UK like?
“What we do at the charity directly impacts a lot of different people, so there’s always a big sense of responsibility. I’ve helped people put on bake sales, jump out of planes, and shave their heads. I never get tired of seeing what our fundraisers come up with to support us. To be able to help people focus on something positive is one of the reasons the job is so rewarding.

“Just one of the times that I’ve been really blown away by our supporters is during the Covid-19 pandemic. We were in the same position as pretty much every charity, we had no idea what fundraising was going to be like considering people couldn’t go out or see one another. But if anything, the level of fundraising increased, people just found a way. It was incredible to see that kind of dedication from our supporters.”

“To be able to help people focus on something positive is one of the reasons the job is so rewarding.” 

“Every day at Mesothelioma UK is a learning curve, I’m really looking forward to continuing to learn and support people with their fundraising journeys. So, if you need a t-shirt or want to organise a skydive (or anything in-between), you know where to come!”

 

Fundraising@mesothelioma.uk.com
0800 169 2409 (option 2)