Our team: Blind Veterans UK

Helen Wenman, the head of fundraising at the national charity for blind ex-servicemen and women, takes us behind the scenes of the fundraising team

Helen Wenman
Helen Wenman

- How many fundraisers are in your team?

We have 28 fundraisers who work mainly from our London office, and four fundraisers who are regionally based. We also have a number of volunteers.

- What does the team do?

We are divided into three teams: individual giving, which covers direct marketing and the database; relationships, which manages major donors, corporate fundraising, trusts, legacies and in-memoriam giving; and the regional and events team.

- How much do you raise?

Last year, we raised just under £20m, most of it from legacies and individuals. Events are our most recent fundraising stream, so we are working on expanding that area.

- What's in the pipeline?

We are planning several events for next year, including the fourth 100km London to Brighton Walk in June and our Tarts for Troops baking initiative. Our 100th anniversary year is coming up - we were founded as St Dunstan's in 1915 - so plans are already under way for celebrations.

- What's it like in the office?

We have a large, energetic, courageous and resourceful team. One of the best things about working at Blind Veterans UK is the interaction that we have with the national charity's blind veteran members themselves. The charity provides the blind ex-servicemen and women with support, welfare, rehabilitation and training, regardless of when the veterans served or how they lost their sight. It does keep you focused on the purpose.

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