A Day in the Life of a... Community Fundraiser | St Roccos Hospice
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A Day in the Life of a... Community Fundraiser

02/05/24

A Day in the Life of a... Community Fundraiser

My role:

My role is to work alongside the community of Warrington, supporting individuals, groups, schools, and establishments that wish to fundraise for St. Rocco’s. I steward the events by helping people organise their fundraisers, provide volunteers, and attend as many events as I can. Last year, community fundraising brought in £180,000 to support patient care, this year, I am aiming to raise £200,000!

A typical day:

My days are split between working in the hospice and communicating with supporters to ensure they have everything needed for their event. I also work closely with other teams within the hospice for promotional materials for events, merchandise, and support for promoting services for when I attend the events. I could be visiting local schools, groups, and supporters within the community, whether it be supporting them ahead of a pub quiz fundraiser or visiting stitch station, each community event is different and an opportunity to meet some amazing people. After an event, I will often meet with supporters where they will present their cheques to St. Rocco's. As well as community fundraisers, I support the Events Team by attending hospice events.

On a day where I am attending a community fundraiser, I will be spending my time setting up the volunteers, ensuring they are wearing their St. Rocco’s t-shirts and know their job roles. I will also ensure people know I am there to speak of the services and support they can receive at the hospice and offer guidance on creating their own community fundraiser. I am often there to give a thank you speech and explain how the amazing fundraising efforts help support the hospice.

One moment I will always remember:

Last month, I hosted a Hospice Hero’s event at St. Rocco’s to thank supporters who hosted a community fundraiser in 2023. It was an opportunity to gather them in one place and thank them personally for all their dedication and time spent fundraising, it allows them to see first hand where the money goes and the amazing work that happens within the hospice. A lot of supporters fundraise annually, which is vital for the running of the hospice. Last year, I ran alongside Andy Hawley in the 3 by 3 challenge, this year I have even been inspired by long term supporter Lee Kinsey and will be taking part in Tough Mudder in October with their team!

What I love about what I do:

I am amazed by the strength people have. It blows me away to see the dedication individuals have, especially those who are also dealing with the process of grief. I love getting out into the community, getting to know them, and seeing the creative and challenging ways the people of Warrington chose to fundraise for us. From working with young people and watching them grow, to adults achieving a goal with the support of our local community fills me with joy.

To see what amazing community fundraising events we have coming up for 2024 or for more information on how you can get involved and run your own community fundraiser to support St. Rocco’s Hospice visit: Fundraise   St Roccos Hospice or to view our latest Community Events visit: Community Events | St Roccos Hospice