Our team: Clatterbridge

The head of fundraising at the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology, the cancer hospital, talks about helping to launch its first major appeal

Marie Turnbull
Marie Turnbull

- How many fundraisers are there?

There are eight full-time and two half-time staff. We are based at the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology in the Wirral, near Liverpool.

- What does the team do?

We do everything - trusts, corporate, major donors and legacies. Corporate fundraising was great last year: Radio Merseyside raised £100,000 for us, greatly exceeding its target of £25,000.

- How much do you raise?

We've been professionally fundraising for a couple of years only, and last year we reached a milestone by raising £1m. We spent £240,000, including staff costs, last year - we hope this ratio will come down now the initial investment in fundraising has been made.

- What's in the pipeline?

In the past we've been more reactive to people wanting to fundraise for us, but over the past 18 months we've started to become more proactive.

To push this forward, we are in the process of launching our first major appeal. As a local charity, one of the things we can struggle with is raising large sums through national corporate partnerships, so we're looking at ways of working around that at the moment. We're also thinking about spending a bit more on the promotion of our brand so it becomes more recognised.

- What's it like in the office?

It's brilliant. We've had a great many challenges to deal with over the past year, but it's been so positive in the office because nobody moans and there's never any backstabbing.

By Sophie Hudson

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