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Tell me a little about yourself and how you ended up at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity?

I always wanted to make a difference and help other people so working for a charity seemed a natural choice. After studying for a degree in Psychology, I volunteered for a while with RNIB supporting their fundraising events and I was hooked! I worked for over ten years with Macmillan Cancer Support before deciding that I wanted to give something back more locally. Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity is such a well known and loved local charity that when I saw an opportunity to work with their Fundraising Team I jumped at the chance. It’s such a great place to work and every day I get to see first-hand the difference that our amazing charity makes to the lives of local children.

What are your working hours?

My official hours are Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm with occasional weekend and/or evening working

What kind of projects do you work on?

No day is the same in fundraising – I could be working with a corporate partner to plan their next fundraising golf event one day to having internal meetings the next to discuss our next Christmas fundraising campaign. I love the variety of working in charity!

What would you say is your greatest challenge as a fundraiser?

For me the greatest challenge is being able to switch off! Fundraising is not a 9-5 job and you can easily burn out if you don’t take time out occasionally.

What does your average day entail?

Every day is genuinely different but an average day would entail meeting with my team and discussing our priorities for the month, meeting with corporate supporters and trying to inspire them with their fundraising and answering lots of emails.

What are your key tasks?

My key tasks are to monitor and report on corporate income, manage the account management team and act as part of the wider management team focusing on charity growth and innovation.

What skills do you need?

I think you need to be passionate, hardworking, persuasive and target driven. Fundraising can be hard work at times so resilience also helps and a good sense of humour!

What is the most memorable moment from your job?

One of my most memorable moments was walking onto the Birmingham City Football Club pitch at half time during a game and giving a short speech about the charity. I was always one of those people that hated public speaking at school so to go from that to speaking in front of thousands of football fans was a huge achievement and very memorable.

What are the best things about your job?

The best things about my job is the variety, having the opportunity to meet lots of different people and to know that the work you do makes a measurable difference to people. 

How do you relax when you are not working?

I like spending time with my family and just relaxing by visiting the countryside, watching a good film or just enjoying a cup of tea. You can never have enough tea!