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

My name is Kirsty, I am the Corporate Fundraising Officer and I have been here for 18 months, previously working at NSPCC for four years in Corporate Fundraising! I love working for a charity, I love food, dogs and being outdoors and going on holiday (when it is sunny of course!)

What are your working hours? I work 8:45 – 5pm

What kind of projects do you work on? My job is to account manage a selection of our supporters, varying from traditional charity partnerships, right through to cause related marketing projects. I love working with our corporate partners – they become my friends and it’s great to see the new ideas that they come up with!

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

My greatest challenge is working with companies who are self-sufficient! Some companies have been doing charity partnerships for years, and know exactly what they want to do, so they don’t need me so much, which means I do get to meet with them so much and share new ideas. 

What does your average day entail?

I wake up at 6:45am, feed myself and my pooch Nellie, get ready and off to get the train. I get into work for 8:45am and immediately it begins. No two days are the same –I can be meeting corporate partners, working in our Fundraising Hub, sitting at my desk replying to a mass of emails or one day or even starring in a music video! It’s a really fast paced job, and I love it.

What are your key tasks?

The priority in my job is to ensure my corporate partners have everything they need to fundraise, whether it be ideas, materials or just moral support! I will meet with them as regularly as they want to, and develop a relationship where we can discuss new ideas for the partnership.

Why did you get into charity work?

My passion for charity work really started when I was in my first ever job for a construction company. My job entailed a level of CSR(corporate social responsibility) work and every staff member got two days volunteering. At the time, we were supporting Barnardos so I decided to spend some time at one of their projects for children with alcohol or drug dependant parents/carers. The rest of history – eight years later, I am still in this industry.

What skills do you need?

For this job, you need to be able to build relationships easily with people at all levels. My corporate contacts end up being more like friends, so our meetings are just like having a chat. You also need to be very organised as it can be very busy, so you need to ensure that you are keeping on top of everything. Finally you need to be adaptable to change. In an industry that is constantly moving, you need to be able to move with it.

What is the most memorable moment from you job?

Starring in a music video which one of our supporters did to raise money. I had to sing and dance on my own, along to ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams outside of the hospital entrance. It was both awkward and fun at the same time.

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The best thing about my job is being able to share how fantastic the hospital is. I love giving supporters a tour and seeing them see why they have got to get involved with us – it’s beautiful to see, and it usually means the start of the most powerful partnerships.

The worst thing about my job is the fact that my supporters do so many amazing things, and I can’t join in with everything! There are walks happening all the time, fun events and the best… cake bakes, but I just don’t have the time to be at them all, which I find quite hard! 

How do you relax when you are not working?

My way to relax on a daily basis is walking my dog Nellie! Some days at the hospital can be sad or stressful, so the first thing I do when I get home is pop her lead on, and off we go for a walk.

What attracted you to the role?

For me, the tour of the hospital is what made me determined to get the role here. I was amazed to hear about the fantastic things that the charity do, and I was particularly shocked that the hospital had a school, and a stunning chapel. I stood in the chapel that day and said to myself ‘I am not going home until I’ve got this job!”