Our team: Myeloma UK

Roy Biddle, the fundraising director at the charity that supports people with the plasma cell cancer, takes us behind the scenes of the fundraising team

Roy Biddle works in a busy, cluttered office
Roy Biddle works in a busy, cluttered office

How many fundraisers are in your team?

There are eight of us, but we have two vacancies right now. It's a small but dedicated team, based in Edinburgh, but the patients we support live all over the country.

What does the team do?

Our community fundraisers support people whether they're organising their own events or taking part in something that we've organised. There is also a major donor fundraiser, who works with bigger gifts, and the individual-and-planned giving team for regular gifts and online donations.

How much do you raise?

Our target this year is £3m and we will achieve it, despite receiving no government funding. Next year's target is £3.5m.

What's in the pipeline?

We are recruiting a trust and foundations fundraiser, which will be a new post for us. There's a lot of potential from trusts and foundations, so I'm very excited about that. We're also working on a library of case studies to strengthen our support. We've got Myeloma Awareness Week, which takes place between 21 and 28 June, and we'll be promoting messages through a "did you know?"-based campaign to increase understanding of myeloma and the charity.

What's it like in the office?

People have their heads down, hard at work - something that struck me when I first arrived eight months ago. It's a busy, cluttered office, bursting at the seams.

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