My name is Mohini Samani and I am 15 years old. I have been working with CLIC Sargent since I was about 11 because at the age of nine I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
When it came round to finding work experience I asked CLIC Sargent because I’ve had lots of communication with the charity about opportunities where my story can be used and I thought it would be interesting to be on the other side and see how it operates. During my 1 ½ week placement, I worked with the Media and PR team who are based in the head office in London.
I have learnt about the types of media and articles that the charity is associated with. As it was my job to categorise all the articles that came in every morning I got to read through all the press. I was surprised at how many newspaper articles feature the organisation every day. It was also fun because you find some really wacky stuff that people do to raise money!
I was also trusted to write two press releases which I really enjoyed because I have proof-read and approved so many about myself, that it was interesting to see to the process behind the document I receive in an email or that you finally read in the paper. I learnt about the guidelines that have to be followed to ensure that anything in the press reflects accurately on the charity.
One of the things that I enjoyed the most was writing up someone’s real life story from a transcript. It was amazing how what people say can be so powerful. One afternoon I sat and read through all the real life stories, which I loved because it reminded me that I wasn’t alone in dealing with life after cancer - every-so-often I need that.
The team that I was working with couldn’t have been better. They were all so friendly and explained things in a way that I understood and trusted me with some really important pieces of work. During my time here I have learnt that there is so much more to charities then just fundraising and providing services. There are so many things involved in making sure that CLIC Sargent can provide the support they do, that so many children and young people rely on. I loved my time here and it has made me think about how many different things that I could go into when I am older.