Bryony - Fundraising and Communications
I manage our Community and Events fundraising team, also affectionately known as “the energy powerhouse”. Of course I will tell you that my team is the most fun to work in! Working with the amazing staff and volunteers, we deliver community fundraising and challenge events across the country. No day is ever the same – we might be cheering on marathon runners, inspiring community groups to hold their own fundraising event or marching in a Pride parade to promote our free 116 000 helpline!
You won’t find a more committed workplace with everyone willing to roll their sleeves up. I’ve seen staff and volunteers take on 500 mile cycle challenges, run marathons and get out of bed at the crack of dawn to hand out flyers to early morning commuters at train stations. We don’t just talk about our mission; we go the extra mile to make it happen.
Nothing makes me prouder than our supporters who push themselves to their physical limits because they believe in us 100%. I always think of two sisters who “weren’t runners” but sent me a photo of them holding hands as they crossed the finish line at the Birmingham half Marathon. They said, “Throughout the time that our dad was missing there were numerous friends and family who supported us as a family, but there was also one very important charity who were there 24/7 and provided not only help with publicity to help find him but endless emotional support. Knowing that you are not the only person going through such a painful time, and that there are other families with their own experience of not knowing where someone is was a great help.