How long have you been in your role at Penny Appeal?
Just over nine months, but I have to say it’s been the fastest nine months of my life.
How did you get into fundraising?
I’ve been volunteering for a couple of charities for more than five years. Last year, Penny Appeal offered me an opportunity to feature on a TV Series called The Interns (similar to The Apprentice) on British Muslim TV, alongside nine other contestants. I won the show and was given the incredible prize of visiting Penny Appeal’s amazing projects in The Gambia. After my emotional and exciting journey to Africa, I was inspired to do more fundraising. A couple of months after this, I was blessed with the opportunity to change my career and start fundraising full-time for Penny Appeal.
What is the best thing about your role?
Job satisfaction. When you’ve had a busy day and crawl into bed smiling about having made a huge difference to so many lives, that is exactly what I love.
What reaction do you get from people when you tell them you’re a fundraiser?
They normally say they don’t have any cash until I pull out the card machine and see their jaws drop. On a serious note, most people I meet always ask how they can get involved in volunteering and do something for charity.
What qualities do you believe are important in a good fundraiser?
Being inspirational, organised, supportive, trustworthy, energetic and self-motivated.
What’s the best piece of fundraising advice you’ve ever been given?
Not to forget to thank your donors – this is just as important as asking for money. It’s polite, ethical and good business. It’s also an effective way of making donors feel good about supporting your charity.