Our team: Scottish Veterans Residences

Susie Hamilton, fundraising and marketing manager, takes us behind the scenes of the charity's fundraising department

Susie Hamilton
Susie Hamilton

How many fundraisers are there?

It is just me looking after fundraising and I am based at our office in Edinburgh. I do get some support with admin, though, and volunteers help us with our fundraising at events.

What do you do?

Most of our money is raised from trusts and foundations. We also raise smaller amounts when we attend outdoor events, such as military shows, and through community fundraising, such as people running marathons for us. We raise a little bit through legacies, too.

Challenge events such as bungee jumps haven't worked very well for us in the past. Because I'm the only fundraiser at the charity, I need to spend a lot of my time filling out applications to foundations for grants, because that provides the best return on time invested for us.

How much do you raise?

We raised £340,205 last year and spent £86,390 on all of our fundraising and marketing.

What's in the pipeline?

We are going to be launching an appeal for supported flats in Glasgow soon. It will be a digital, direct mail and advertising appeal. Overall, we are hoping to raise £2m, with £200,000 from voluntary income, which is quite a lot of money for us.

What's it like in the office?

The office is on the site of one of our residences, which means we get a lot of contact with our beneficiaries. We speak to them every day and see how things are going.

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