Our team: Together for Short Lives

Stephen Ballantyne, the director of fundraising at the charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, takes us behind the scenes of the fundraising team

Stephen Ballantyne
Stephen Ballantyne

- How many fundraisers are there in your team?

There are eight of us working across the range of funding streams. We are all based at our head office in Bristol.

- What does the team do?

We raise funds in support of our strategic plans and we support 49 children's hospice services across the UK. We get involved in a diverse mix of fundraising: we benefited from the profits of James Arthur's X Factor-winning single and ITV's Text Santa in 2012, and we have strategic funding arrangements with bodies such as the Big Lottery Fund.

- How much do you raise?

The charity was created in 2011 by the merger of Children's Hospices UK and the Association for Children's Palliative Care. We raised £3.4m in our first financial year - £1.8m was through corporate partnerships and national events. The remaining £1.6m was from trusts and grant-giving organisations (38 per cent), companies (25 per cent) and individual supporters (15 per cent). We had an unusually good year for legacy income (7 per cent).

- What's in the pipeline?

As a new charity, we have ambitious plans and we are planning to grow our income across the board, particularly from major individual givers.

- What's it like in the office?

We are on one floor of an open- plan office, which helps with communication between teams. We don't have some of the internal communication challenges that some larger charities can struggle with.

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