Our Team: Cats Protection

Lewis Coghlin, director of fundraising at the charity that rescues and finds homes for unwanted and abandoned cats, takes us behind the scenes of the fundraising team

Lewis Coghlin
Lewis Coghlin

- How many fundraisers are in your team?

There are 20 - about half work at our National Cat Centre in Sussex and the others work from home around the country.

- What does the team do?

We focus on five areas: helping several thousand volunteers raise money through local events and activities; increasing the value of our major relationships; finding and supporting people who want to include Cats Protection in their wills; encouraging more people to support us on a monthly basis; and maximising our retail and trading income.

- How much do you raise?

We are one of the 50 largest charities in the UK and raise about £34m annually, of which just over half comes from legacies. Eighteen per cent is from appeals and membership programmes, 15 per cent is from regional fundraising and 6 per cent is from our shops. Between £500,000 and £1m is from high-value relationships with individuals, companies and trusts.

- What's in the pipeline?

Our plans include the introduction of cat sponsorship, weekly lotteries, giving in memory of pets, an online pet shop and capital appeals to build more cat centres.

- What's it like in the office?

We work near one of our adoption centres, home to about 200 cats, so many staff pop over at lunchtime to cuddle them. Some people bring their dogs to work and everyone seems to bring chocolate.

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