Our Team: The Sick Children's Trust

Jane Featherstone, head of fundraising, tells us what life is like for the charity's fundraisers

How many fundraisers are there?

There are six altogether. Five are based at our head office in Whitechapel, east London, where they make up half of a team of 10 people, and one is a regional fundraiser based in Leeds. The Whitechapel office is next to one of our 'home-from-home' buildings - houses for families whose children are receiving treatment at hospitals far from their homes; so we're close to our beneficiaries.

What do they do?

We have a trust fundraiser, a corporate fundraiser, an events fundraiser and a community fundraiser, plus myself. Trusts and events are our biggest sources of income, and we also have a twice-yearly direct mail campaign. We don't do any street or telephone fundraising, but we might consider doing them in future.

How much do you raise?

Our fundraising target is £1.77m for the current financial year, and the fundraising budget totals £188,000.

What's it like in the office?

The office is a house. It's a strange office setting, because we're all in individual rooms, spread over two floors, so we often meet in the kitchen for tea. Men are outnumbered: there's only one man in the fundraising team. Of the 10 of us in total, eight are female.

What's in the pipeline?

We are planning a new 'home from home' in Newcastle, so we have to raise a lot of funds for it. We're also developing a major donor programme, starting with our existing contacts, and it's proving time-consuming. We're reviewing our strategy, too, looking at legacies and planning to employ more regional fundraisers.

Interview by Kaye Wiggins

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