Our team: St Helena Hospice

Justine Ruggles, the head of fundraising at the charity that provides care to those with life-limiting illnesses, takes us behind the scenes of the fundraising team

Justine Ruggles says St Helena Hospice wants to diversify its income
Justine Ruggles says St Helena Hospice wants to diversify its income

How many fundraisers are in your team?

I have a team of nine fundraising staff, although three posts are vacant at the moment and two staff are going on maternity leave.

What does the team do?

We raise money by using a variety of methods, including community fundraising, events, corporates, major donors, trust and grants, legacies and in-memoriam donations. We also help to raise the profile of the hospice's work with mass participation events.

How much do you raise?

This year we have raised £20,000 from major donors, £213,617 from community fundraising and £68,000 from trusts and foundations, as well as £108,000 from corporate sources and £171,034 from events.

What's in the pipeline?

We want to grow all our income streams over the next three years, with a particular focus on major donor, trust and grants and legacy donations. We need to diversify the income that we receive and introduce new campaigns. Our community fundraising team is developing our challenges portfolio and the corporate team is developing a membership group for companies and increasing our corporate partnerships.

What's it like in the office?

It's very loud, with a lot of energy and a real buzz. There are many different personalities in the office and this helps to make it an innovative environment. They all come together brilliantly and support each other.

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