To enable the Hospice to implement its fundraising strategy I am delighted to announce that we have managed to second two members of staff from St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth: Amy Wilson and Laura Elliott. Initially on secondment for a year, they started working with us from 14th September. Located in the office on the top floor of Battle Hill, Amy, as our Head of Fundraising will be working one day a week to put our strategy into place with Laura, Senior Fundraiser, working four days a week.
Amy Wilson began her career as a print reporter working on various local titles in the Yorkshire region. Beginning her Fundraising career as a Face to Face Fundraiser for Amnesty International she went on to be Face to Face Team Leader for them. Amy started work as a Fundraiser at St Oswald’s Hospice in 2008 working across all fundraising streams and on various projects including The Midnight Walk and Celebrity Strictly Dine and Dance. After 4 years Amy progressed from Fundraising Manager to Head of Fundraising, and is currently interim Head of Communications and Marketing. Amy lives in Durham with her daughter, Layla, partner David, and adopted son, Ron, the Lurcher!
Laura Elliott has worked in fundraising for over six years and is passionate about the sector and loves the variety and challenges that it brings. Originally from London, Laura came to Newcastle to study Geography at Newcastle University in 2003 and has now made the North East her home. Laura began her career in the communications and marketing team at Nova International – organisers of the Great Run and Great Swim events. After two and a half years Laura became the Fundraising Manager at international children’s charity, COCO, a charity founded by Steve Cram. As the sole fundraiser in a team of three, Laura managed a wide range of fundraising activities as well as taking on responsibility for the communications and marketing functions. In July 2014 after five years at COCO, Laura joined the fundraising team at St. Oswald’s Hospice where she has been responsible for organising their annual balls, developing innovative campaigns such as the Life List and managing fundraising activities within Northumberland. In her spare time Laura enjoys baking, keeping fit and travelling.
This is an exciting development for us. I’d like to be clear that both Amy and Laura will apply their expertise to fundraising solely for the benefit of Tynedale Hospice at Home. We are not fundraising jointly with St Oswald’s Hospice but are extremely grateful that they have kindly agreed to release two key members of their team to support our fundraising strategy.
I know that you will extend a warm welcome to them both, and feel sure they will quickly become valuable and integral members of our team.