Our team: Macmillan Cancer Support

Lynda Thomas, director of fundraising at the charity that aims to make sure no one faces cancer alone, takes us behind the scenes of the fundraising team

Lynda Thomas
Lynda Thomas

How many fundraisers are on your team?

About 350. Roughly half of them are based at our head office in Vauxhall.

What does the team do?

We look after a huge portfolio of fundraising activities for Macmillan. Among other things, we handle individual marketing, all types of events, corporate partnerships, committee income, major donors, legacies and the annual World's Biggest Coffee Morning, which is in its 23rd year and raised £15m in 2012.

How much do you raise?

We receive no statutory or government funding, so all our income comes from the public. In 2012 we raised about £150m. Our biggest income stream was legacies, which accounted for about £50m. The other £100m is a combination of regional income, individual marketing and high value, made up of thousands of activities that companies and individuals do for us.

What's in the pipeline?

The number of people living with cancer is expected to double from two to four million by 2030, so isolation will become an increasing problem. That's why we have just launched our Not Alone campaign. It is the first time we've really integrated our fundraising, services, brand and comms offerings on a long-term campaign, and we're really excited about it.

What is it like in the office?

It's a lively place and everybody cares about the cause. Many of us fundraise for the charity in our spare time to try to inspire millions of others to do the same.

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