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

I graduated in July 2017 with a degree in Business Management and spent my year in industry placement working in the Corporate Fundraising Team at The Prince’s Trust. I loved the year and it sparked a real interest in me to work in the charity sector, particularly in corporate fundraising and helping businesses achieve their CSR (corporate social responsibility) objectives and raise as much money as possible for causes that are strategically aligned with the business or close to the heart of the employees. I started off working in the Fundraising Hub at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity after I graduated and then moved into the Corporate Team a few months later.

What are your working hours?

Core office hours are 8.30am- 5pm but we work some evening and weekend events which are always fun!

What kind of projects do you work on?

My role is really varied which is great because there is always something new to be working on every day. I look after a number of our corporate supporters who work with us regularly, I help them come up with ideas for fundraising activities, volunteering opportunities and ways to support through gift in kind. I also look after the website, e-newsletter and social media for the corporate team and am always looking out for inspiration and love using these channels to celebrate the amazing work of our supporters.

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

It can be difficult when supporters do not want to come and visit us or meet regularly, as I love to be able to really build relationships and get to know everyone that we work with really well. It definitely builds the best partnerships when there is lots of communication, engagement and cups of tea shared between us and our corporate partners.

What does your average day entail?

Every day is different but I do try and get out and about meeting our supporters as much as possible, either to support with events or meet to just catch up and plan upcoming fundraising activities. I also attend lots of networking events across the city which is a great way to meet new people and share some of the amazing ways that businesses can support our hospital. Other days, I try and stay at my desk and catch up on e-mails and plan website updates and social media, so it is always really varied.

What are your key tasks?

Key tasks including day-to-day management of our corporate supporters, I love going out and meeting supporters and inviting them to the hospital for a tour. This is often the best way to learn about what we do, as it is impossible to explain everything that we cover without showing you first hand! I also look after our website pages and social media posts so that keeps me busy and I am always looking for new stories and ways to celebrate the amazing opportunities that we have and share exciting news from supporters. I also attend networking events on behalf of the charity, in particular Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Future Faces and Institute of Fundraising West Midlands.

Why did you get into charity work?

I have always been really interested in business, which is why I studied Business Management at university, but my real interest has always been in doing something that helps people. So for me, combining my interest in business whilst working for a charity has been perfect. I love creating partnerships that maximise the value from their core competencies and are mutually beneficial for both the charity and business.

What skills do you need?

I think the most important thing is a genuine love, enthusiasm and interest in the cause, otherwise how are you ever going to persuade others to donate towards it? Good communication skills and creativity are also key to engaging supporters and creating a fun partnership.

What is the most memorable moment from your job?

It has to be taking our hospital teddy, Bertie Bear, to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Millennium Point. Running through the town centre in a #TeamBCH waterproof and a teddy bear has got to be a memorable moment!

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The best thing is probably that no two days are the same and that I get to meet so many different people - some days I just don’t stop talking! The worst part is probably how hectic it can get, making it hard to switch off at home. 

How do you relax when you are not working?

On a weekend you can normally find me in the gym, at church or pottering around charity shops!

What attracted you to the role?

The opportunity to help businesses give something back to the community sounded really exciting, as well as the variety of the role! I knew what an amazing place Birmingham Children’s Hospital was and wanted to work somewhere where I could be inspired.