I am writing this piece at the start of my last week at Kidscape, where I have spent the last 13 years as a fundraiser. Having joined the charity when Michele (Kidscape’s founder) was still running the organisation, I am privileged to have been able to work with her and both of Kidscape’s subsequent Chief Executives and help Kidscape more than double in size during this time.
It’s been an incredible journey for me, both in personal and professional terms. I was new to fundraising when I joined Kidscape, and although I was already deeply committed to Kidscape’s anti-bullying cause, it was an eye-opener to see Michele speak so passionately about the issues we deal with and how she was able to encourage people to support Kidscape’s work. Over the years I’ve been able to share that passion with individuals, schools, community groups and companies all over the UK, and it’s been hugely exciting to see what Kidscape has been able to achieve as a result.
Fundraising is never an easy job, but it is an incredibly rewarding one, and there are some particular events that have happened during my time here that I will always remember. In 2008 Kidscape was featured on the BBC Children in Need appeal night, which was extremely exciting, as was the news that Michele had been awarded an OBE. The Earl and Countess of Wessex, whose Trust has supported Kidscape on several occasions, visited one of Kidscape’s BIT schools in 2014, and in 2015 and 2016 we supported Ben Smith through his record-breaking 401 Challenge. It’s fair to say that there has been plenty of variety in my job!
Although I am sad to be leaving Kidscape, I’m also really excited to see how the charity will develop over the next few years as our new strategy is put into place over the next few months. I’m proud of all that the fundraising team has been able to achieve during my time here, but none of it would have been possible without the support of the many thousands of people I’ve met over the years. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you – it’s been an absolute privilege to share Kidscape’s passion with you, and I hope that you will continue to support its incredible work for many years to come.