We’re back in the Cedar Garden and as always, Hannah, Brand & Web Marketing Officer, is interviewing a member of the Penny Brohn UK team to find out more about them and the work they do behind the scenes to keep our services up and running.

This month, Hannah speaks with the latest edition to the Comms & Marketing Team, Becci Ellison, who joined us in July.

Hi Becci, thanks for leaving our nice warm office to join me outside. It’s certainly winter now!

Yeah, it has got cold hasn’t it?!

I was defrosting my car this morning and everything! So Becci, how did you come to work for Penny Brohn UK?

Well, I have worked in communications for the charity sector for over ten years now. So knew about Penny Brohn UK already and I was interested in the charity and how it supports people living with cancer. I used to work with Tracy at another charity and I’m also neighbours with Helen Seers and they both got in touch with me when the job was advertised. The job role sounded amazing, so I was really excited to apply… I actually also came to Penny Brohn UK with Tracy years ago when we attended a conference that was hosted here and it left a lasting impression on me.

 Ah that’s fab. It must have felt fantastic to be sent the job spec. So, you have now taken on the role of Press Officer, so  tell us a bit about what this involves.  

Ok, so as press officer my role is to generate positive coverage about the charity and raise awareness of what we do. I work with the whole team across the organisation to support their activities with PR and showcase their work. I’m always on the lookout for clients and fundraisers who are happy to tell their story and how Penny Brohn UK has helped them.

 And a great job you do of it too. It’s great to see so many people coming forward to tell their stories for the organisation. So what would you say is the most exciting thing you are working on at the moment?

Oh that’s a difficult question but I’m probably most excited about our new nutrition strategy and all the amazing PR opportunities we can get from it. 

Absolutely! It does all sound very positive and food is such a brilliant way to secure press coverage. Now you’ve been here almost 4 months and you’re already part of the furniture. But what would you say is your favourite part of the job so far?

Yeah! It definitely feels like longer than that. Hmm… I would say my favourite part of the job is interviewing our clients to tell their story for our website and press coverage. I love listening to other people (you could say I’m nosy!) and it is really uplifting to hear how Penny Brohn UK has had such a positive impact on their lives.

Ah great, it really is very heartwarming to work first hand with people who have had such positive experiences. Is there a moment that stands out to you as a particular highlight of your time at Penny Brohn so far?

One particular highlight that stands out is working with Heidi on the PR for Stomp. Heidi was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer when she was pregnant and writes about her experiences in her blog, Storm in a tit cup. Heidi lives in the same town as me so I had followed her story before working here. It was amazing to meet and work with her as she is so positive and a really lovely person… She also does a cracking media interview!

1. Penguin Bar
2. Gingernut 
3. Custard Cream
4. Caramel Chocolate Digestive 
5. Hobnob
6. Regular Digestive
7. Fox’s Creams
8. Chocolate finger bscuit

Ah yeah, she has been such a fantastic help to our campaigning. It must have been fantastic to work with her so closely. So we’re at that character-defining question… What is your favourite dunkable biscuit?

[Laughs] Good question! I love biscuits but don’t tend to dunk! My favourite is probably a chocolate finger biscuit. Although I definitely have more than one!

Another non-dunker! We really are a split bunch. And whilst I do love a chocolate finger – the king of all kids party biscuits – I don’t think it knocks anything of my leader board this month. 

Thanks to Becci for joining me in the Cedar Garden this month. It was great to hear about her new work and plans for the future. 

We’ll be back here with another member of the Penny Brohn team next month. So keep an eye out for the next Cedar Garden Sessions.

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