Our team: Richard House Children's Hospice

Maria Barry, director of income generation, takes us behind the scenes of the charity's fundraising department

Maria Barry
Maria Barry

How many fundraisers are there?

There are 12 paid staff, including me, at our office in Beckton, east London. Two are part-time, and there are 156 volunteers. Harry, one of our part-timers, has been a beneficiary of the hospice for eight years.

What do they do?

We raise money through trusts, corporate events, individual donations, telemarketing and legacy donations.

We have recently had mass participation events, where people can get more out of it than just donating money. Individuals are giving less and to fewer charities, so we need to offer more.

How much do you raise?

Of the £3.1m needed to run the hospice, we raise £1.8m. The remainder comes from statutory funding and shop sales.

What's in the pipeline?

We'll be keeping an eye on our statutory funding. Corporate donations are holding their own, though, and we're grateful for that.

We're holding events, such as two midnight walks next summer, that we hope will involve more than a thousand people. Some of our volunteers are doing telemarketing.

What's it like in the office?

It's a creative office with people coming up with ideas all the time to deal with the current climate. One is Harry's Million - he's trying to raise £1m for us. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and his blog on our website.

Interview by Ian Steadman

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