Some recent collaborations

March 2020 - current

During the pandemic, I have continued with ongoing projects remotely, and worked with several new clients to address some immediate issues posed by Covid-19 restrictions.  Key at this time, has been the need to help charities make the most of their often stretched internal resources, creating a fundraising strategy for the first time or offering short cuts to funding by sharing industry knowledge.

Pro-bono Fundraising Strategy Advice 

  • The Cut Arts Centre, Suffolk

       newcut.org

  • Ink Festival, Suffolk

       inkfestival.org

 

Fundraising Coaching for Leadership Team Members 

  • CEO - Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer - Strategic Fundraising Advice

       eternalwall.org.uk

  • CEO - Dacon Trust 

       dacontrust.co.uk

2020

EAST OF ENGLAND CO-OP

www.eastofengland.coop

The Co-Op Juniors was set up in 1942, to take children’s minds off war and the corporate association continues to this day.

Co-Op Juniors Theatre Company is the largest amateur theatre group in the UK, based in Ipswich, Suffolk. With a heritage spanning over 75 years the ‘Juniors’, have performed in all of East Suffolk’s top venues and are currently a festive fixture at the world-renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall with their Christmas Spectacular!

The professional production values of this amateur group offer children and young people across Suffolk the opportunity to develop performance and life skills whilst taking part in stunning musical theatre productions. Every year up to 100 young performers take to the stage in three professional standard shows. In addition to this, 500 children and young people, take part in the academy classes held year-round in seven Suffolk locations both urban and rural, which then feed into the Juniors shows. The Co-Operative, family ethos brings together the whole community, engaging multiple generations of the same family throughout the crew and cast of the company. Many of the Juniors’ performers have gone on to international performance careers including Gary Avis – Principal Senior Ballet Master and Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet Company.

The brief from the East of England Co-Op

To work with the veteran volunteer management to create the Juniors first fundraising strategy. To take stock of the financial footing of the organisation, to create a fundraising plan to deliver swift returns and to implement the first, capacity building elements of that plan thus creating a breathing space in which to build a five-year business plan for this historic and valuable, community asset. Their first, successful £50,000 on-line appeal was run over Christmas.

ST ELIZABETH HOSPICE

stelizabethhospice.org.uk

St Elizabeth Hospice provides respite and palliative care for young people and adults living with progressive and terminal illnesses. The annual cost of running the hospice, the specialist at home and community services in Ipswich, Great Yarmouth and the Waveney Valley is £10.5 million. 77% of those funds have to be found by the hospice fundraising teams, with only 23% available from NHS commissioned services.

The brief

Interim Corporate Income Generator role whilst new, fulltime recruit found. The brief included the establishment and/or stewarding of critical Corporate Partnerships within the professional services and SME sectors and contributing to the sourcing of donations for a high profile, global on-line event in April 2020 for Zest, the hospice’s young person’s service.

 

2019 - ongoing

 

A WING AND A PRAYER

Public Art Installation

awingandaprayer.org.uk

A Wing and a Prayer is an environmental art project inviting all of us to explore our connection with landscape, heritage and each other. For the last 5 years, Arabella Marshall, the artist, has been working towards the fabrication and installation of a large, colourful contemporary glass “window” into the ancient ruined chapel standing in the grasslands of the RSPB Minsmere reserve in, Suffolk.

 

This short film shows the finished piece, installed in October 2020 - a moment of true light and joy, in a truly challenging year for humanity.

Do read on for the rest of this visionary story! www.awingandaprayer.org.uk 

The Brief

After a chance meeting, I have been working in collaboration with artist Arabella Marshall since August 2018. I have been able to add my strategic fundraising skills and those of a colleague, to Arabella's considerable artistic and project management skills. RSPB Minsmere, Historic England and others supported the work in principle but due sensitivity and permissions were required. As a team we provided support, fundraising and project advisory input: finding the best routes to funding for each of the stages; the design, creation and installation of this ambitious public artwork and, the community engagement planned for the next two years, post installation.

 

2018 - 2019

ORFORD ORGAN PROJECT

www.orfordorganproject.com

The gift of an important, redundant concert organ was a major development in the heritage of the 12th century, Orford Church. One of Benjamin Britten’s favoured performance spaces prior to the building of his beloved concert hall at Snape Maltings, St Bartholomew’s enjoys a longstanding and prestigious musical heritage, nationally and internationally, with artists and audiences alike. A concert organ more appropriate to the space had been long desired, and with this gift, could hopefully become a reality for the community.

The sadly late, Cathy Ennis, President of Royal College of Organists, professor at the Royal College of Music, the force behind new organs in four central London churches, and a patron of the Orford Organ, recorded the first live and recorded BBC3 broadcast concert on the organ, which was an absolute triumph for the project and filled the church.

The brief

I was approached to run a six month campaign to raise £120,000, to meet the scheduled dedication of the organ, on Easter Sunday 2019. This was ambitious to say the least as many organ fundraising campaigns run to several years, and often, decades. The cost of restoration and installation ran to six figures and the demands placed on the small community and its volunteers, were high. Despite all of the hurdles encountered, The organ was successfully installed on time and dedicated by the Bishop on Easter Sunday, 2019, only 6 months after the fundraising had been officially begun.