Back to work after half term break. Catching up on emails is the first job followed by a chat with my Special Events Manager as we have our “Evening with Jason Leonard” on Tuesday 23 February. Events are key to our fundraising and we try to have a broad spread throughout the year.  Everything is under control, so it’s on to a meeting with my Community Fundraising Colleague Joanne, as we are hosting our London Marathon runners at the hospice for a tour and a chat with a sports therapist on Saturday. I love the chance to show people the hospice – nothing replaces seeing first-hand the fantastic work which goes on for our children and families and it is as inspiring for our fundraisers as it is for me. I never get tired of it. An email comes through informing me, Haven House is shortlisted for a Charity of the Year application.  I answer a few supplementary questions and then send off – fingers crossed we make it through to the staff vote.  


Off to Cheshunt for a cheque presentation and end of partnership catch up with RDT-OSG.  This Cheshunt based business have been supporting Haven House since last year, and have raised over £3,835 which is enough to pay for a day of care at the hospice. It is always a little sad to see a partnership finish but they, like all our corporate partners, really do make a difference to our work. Afterwards, I liaise with our PR Manager so he can circulate a press release and picture to the press. In the afternoon it is off to the Radisson Blu hotel to set up for the event – looking forward to a night of networking and rugby chat!  Our Patron, Ben Shephard is interviewing Jason Leonard OBE.  It is great to see our Patrons supporting us.  


Post event there’s always so much to do – thank you letters, sorting auction items out as well as thanking our speakers and volunteers. It’s almost as busy as pre-event but with all hands to the pump we get sorted pretty quickly. Next job is liaising with my Development Officer to look at some Trust Funding options for some of our key holistic care centre services. Only around 25% of our services are funded by statutory funding so finding funders is vital. As part of our vision to support 500 children by 2020, we need to expand current services and deliver new ones – this includes our Toy Home Loan, therapeutic yoga and physiotherapy. We submit multiple applications each month and it’s a great feeling getting that letter which says yes to your application. Most recently the Amy Winehouse Foundation approved an application for £14,000 for our music therapy which we are so delighted with.


In the morning, it is all about planning a programme of activity for one of our new partners. We love putting the fun into fundraising so we have a large number of initiatives including bungee jumps, fire-walks, cycles, runs and more to get everyone involved. There’s usually something for everyone so if getting muddy isn’t their thing, there will be a bake off which most people love! After that it is off to a Campaign day at Citi Group in collaboration with Richard House Hospice. In preparation for a staff vote on Monday 29 February we are campaigning to encourage staff to vote for us. Our dedicated project CitiHospiceatHome will take nurses into families’ homes to reduce isolation for parents and provide specialist care and therapies at home for children. Henry the Hound, our mascot, comes out for the day and it is a wonderful opportunity to tell Citi employees about our work and the impact hospice care has on the communities in which they live and work.


I go straight to our Chingford shop to welcome a group of Euromoney Employees to their “Store Wars” retail day.  Running pretty much every week of the year, teams of up to six employees can volunteer in one of our three shops - Leytonstone, Epping or Chingford. Practical tasks such as steaming and pricing clothes are on offer, as well as serving customers and planning window displays. To add a little something extra, Euromoney decided to add a challenge element where teams have been competing against one another to see which one can raise the most money in one day. The “meet and greet” gives me the chance to say thank you and to tell them a little more about Haven House.  It’s then back to the office – it’s final prep for the London Marathon event, an application to complete, and research to do.

There are so many great things about my job – one of the best things is supporting our corporate partners to raise funds. Our corporate employees have hectic day jobs, but it never ceases to amaze me how they will find time to support Haven House in some way. Working with people over a number of months, and even years gives the company time to get to know Haven House and to see the difference they are making.