SMileS SMS are the SMS providers for the Little book of poems text donation campaign. Little Book of Poems is a pocket sized book written in support of people living with life threatening illness, their families, friends and carers. All the money raised by the book goes to the fundraising (department) for Kirkwood Hospice.
In order to help raise funds for the production and printing costs of this book, Little Book of Poems have set up a text donation campaign where people can text ‘POEM’ to 78484 to make a fixed donation of £1.50.
In addition, to helping run their text donation campaign SMileS SMS has also become supporting sponsor of the book. Being a sponsor helps to cover the print costs of the book, without which the book could not be sold to raise money for the hospice. There are two levels of sponsorship; you can become a book sponsor for £500 or a supporting sponsor for £50. Click here if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.
ME Consultancy Ltd is one of many companies that will be taking part in the Kirkwood Hospice ‘Bring a Pound to work day’. For every £1 donated a draw ticket will be entered into the Kirkwood Hospice Lottery Super Draw on Friday 23rd December, when one lucky supporter is going to win £3,000.
The Pulse & Pulse 2 will once again be helping Kirkwood Hospice raise awareness of their ‘Bring a Pound to Work’ fundraising day. In 2010, participants helped raise £6,000 that all went towards patient care.
|Current Job Position?||Partnership Development Manager for The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice (Fundraiser/Professional Blagger)|
|Best thing about your job?||That they pay me to do something I adore! Also that I work with the most incredible team|
|Worst thing about your Job?||Working at a Children’s Hospice can be upsetting at times, but the positive and happy moments far outweigh the sad.|
|Favourite Restaurant in Huddersfield?||As a ‘Leeds Lass’ I am yet to experience the culinary delights Huddersfield has to offer, however I have a passion for the food at Villa Farm Shop in Bradley, where I can often be found at lunchtimes!|
|Your best achievement?||Hopefully that is still to come with my work with Forget Me Not, however I was very proud to complete the Leeds 10k a couple of years ago and I foolishly signed up to do it again this year in aid of Forget Me Not. For anyone that knows me, you’ll know I’m not one of life’s natural athletes!|
|Interest and Hobbies?||I have to admit, work does tend to take over when you work at Forget Me Not, but when I do have some free time I like to let my hair down with my friends and family. I am also a PADI qualified diver, but only brave tropical waters!|
|What do you value most about being a member of a networking group?||It’s great to be able to get to know more about the local business arena and put real faces, voices and personalities to it. As a newcomer to Huddersfield it has been really useful to have such active networking groups!|
I am a Leeds girl born and bred… but I have more or less adopted Huddersfield as my second home!!
My professional life began after graduating from University with a degree in politics. I ended up falling into the life of an Event Manager working in a couple of roles which were a lot of fun, but definitely had a shelf life, so at 24 I decided I wanted a change. It’s really important to me to feel like I am doing something of value, so the charity world seemed like the obvious choice.
After a couple of months looking at different types of role, Leeds Mencap came along and took a gamble on me as their very first fundraiser. I spent two very happy years at Leeds Mencap, working with some very special families and colleagues and I loved every minute there.
My next step saw me taking on a role at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum. Eureka! is a fantastic place to be and offered me a very different type of experience, working on a £2.9m campaign for a new gallery. Whilst the people and the work was very rewarding, I always saw myself returning to a role that would allow me to support children and families more directly, which is when The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice found me.
I have been at the Hospice for only around six months, but I can already tell you it is the busiest and most demanding role I have ever had. I can also say with 100% confidence it is the most rewarding role I have ever had.
The work the Hospice does is incredible, with our Care Team already looking after around 30 families through our Hospice at Home service. I was fortunate enough to join the team just before we moved into the brand new hospice, a fabulous and inspirational place, so we are now busily readying the building to take children and families in 2012.
Once all the services are up and running it will cost around £2.5m each year to run the Hospice… so no pressure then. In all seriousness, there is a long journey ahead to make sure that future funding is secure and robust, but I am confident with the strong support of the community and local businesses we can achieve it.
So, if and when you see me and I look stressed (it’s all for a good cause) say hello and feel free to buy me a coffee, I respond well to caffeine and fundraising chatter!