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Head of Fundraising and Communications – Oakhaven Hospice Trust

Oakhaven Hospice Trust

Oakhaven Hospice logo for fundraising and communications recruitment

A fabulous opportunity to engage with the local community and to lead income generation for a charity embedded in the heart of the area.

  • Location: Lymington, Hampshire
  • Salary: £55k - £60k + benefits
Oakhaven Hospice Fundraising Recruitment

About this role

Oakhaven Hospice Trust is a highly regarded independent charity providing comprehensive and innovative end-of-life healthcare and support for the communities across the New Forest, Totton and Waterside areas. Building on the foundations of more than 25 years, we support and care for people with life-limiting illnesses. Our services are not just for patients, but for their family and friends too and the local community. They include everything from specialist medical care to bereavement support and practical help.

Oakhaven Hospice Trust is a registered charity receiving around 11% of its funding from the NHS. We rely on the generosity of our local community to fund the remainder of our costs. This comes from events, individuals, local businesses, trusts, schools, community groups, retail, lottery and Gifts in Wills. Last year our voluntary income was £3.7m. Our income generating teams do so much more than simply raising money, and our teams work with schools, business and other community groups to share information and increase awareness.

Head of Fundraising and Communications

We are looking to recruit a Head of Fundraising and Communications who embodies the values of our hospice, understands the future challenges and opportunities for fundraising & retail and is passionate about our community and the people within it.

We are open to the sector in which you currently work, but you will have multi-income stream experience as well as a track record of leading and developing a team of high performing fundraising professionals. We are so grateful to our wonderful supporters and volunteers, and we need an excellent relationship builder, committed to the highest possible levels of donor stewardship to continue these relationships and forge new ones. Our retail function generates significant income for us, and with it comes the opportunity for fundraising and retail to work closely and maximise opportunities. Experience of this area would be beneficial, although not essential.

The right candidate will be able to demonstrate how they work effectively with a range of stakeholders including the Chief Executive, Executive Team, Board of Trustees, volunteers, staff and partners. We are seeking somebody who can also demonstrate evidence of delivering highly effective income strategies, together with the strong management of staff and a focus on the lifetime value of donors. It is not essential for this person to come from the hospice sector, although an understanding of hospice funding, including retail, and an appreciation of the nuances of our sector will be important.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search team at Peridot Partners:

Simon Callaghan on 07702 678658 or simon@peridotpartners.co.uk

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Dear Candidate,

Oakhaven Hospice Trust - Andrew Ryde - fundraising recruitment

Thank you for your potential interest in working for Oakhaven Hospice.

I believe you will find that Oakhaven is a progressive organisation; relatively speaking a small hospice but one with great ambition. We have up to ten in-patient beds but more importantly we are caring for over 350 patients every day in our community. I like to view that as 350 beds; in addition we have over 6,000 people benefit from our community engaged work every year.

As you research our organisation you will find that the breadth of our services are enormous; through the traditional services such as community nursing, ward and day hospice but also in so many other ways such as our work with school children and supporting the bereaved with self-help support such as cookery. We absolutely recognise the importance of our specialist work but at the same aspire to expand our services to all those who need end of life care both complex and those that just need support at the end of life.

None of our work is possible without income to deliver that care; we believe the money and the mission are inextricably linked. The hospice is very well supported locally and is financially sound but the challenge for income generation remains and I believe this is a very exciting opportunity for the right candidate to really make a mark on the future of the hospice.

I encourage you to continue through this recruitment site, and make contact with Peridot Partners, our recruitment consultants, to discuss your suitability in more detail.

I hope to meet you at interview stage.

Best wishes,

Andrew Ryde
Chief Executive

Help the organisation provide innovative and highly respected specialist palliative care to set standards that others aspire to

Oakhaven Hospice began as a charitable trust in the late 1980s when the land and original buildings were donated by Mrs Phoebe Coates in memory of her late husband, John.

Oakhaven’s community-based service was officially opened in 1992 by the Duchess of Kent. Since its foundation, services have grown to provide comprehensive specialist palliative care to over 143,500 residents in the New Forest, Waterside and Totton area.

The externally accredited organisation offers a clinical, educational and advisory resource, which appropriately meets the assessed needs of the local population. The service succeeds in being accessible, auditable and accountable, reflecting evidence-based practice.

Oakhaven recognises that its greatest resource is its highly trained and skilled workforce and the community of volunteers and supporters who have together developed the strong sense of shared ownership enabling us to excel.


Oakhaven Hospice head of fundraising and communications fundraising recruitment

To provide specialist care to patients, carers and families who are facing complex physical, emotional and practical difficulties arising from advanced progressive life-limiting illness. We believe in respecting the individual’s dignity and choices and enhance the quality of care for patients in all care settings through partnership, collaboration, advice and education.

Patients and their families are looked after in a variety of settings:

The In-patient Unit: has eight single rooms, all with direct access to the garden, en-suite toilet facilities, television and Wi-Fi connection. The average length of stay on our Unit is two weeks and our emphasis is on active symptom management and emotional support.
The Day Hospice: offers practical help and support and the opportunity for social interaction if you are living with a life-limiting condition. Situated in the homely environment of Pennington Chase (the original house connected to the Hospice).
In the Community: most patients are cared for in the community and we work closely with GP’s and District Nurses.  All the clinical team at Oakhaven are available to visit at home.
In Bereavement: support is available to bereaved relatives and friends of patients previously known to the team at Oakhaven Hospice.
Complementary therapy: helps individuals who are bereaved by offering space for themselves. There are a range of treatment options which may help with insomnia, anxiety and stress.
Physiotherapy: offer high quality physical assessments and treatments tailored to individual needs with attention to quality of life, and empowering patients to achieve their personal goals.
Chaplain: leads a team of chaplaincy volunteers. The inpatient unit is visited every day by a member of the team and chaplaincy volunteers also attend the Day Care Unit.
Community Engagement: as well as our core hospice services, Oakhaven is passionate about engaging in our local community.

For more information please use the links provided:

Oakhaven Hospice Website
Report and Financial Statements 2018
OHT Strategy ‘Fit for Future’
Fundraising & Retail Organisation Chart

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If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Simon Callaghan on 07702 678658 or simon@peridotpartners.co.uk.

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. It would also be helpful to provide an explanation of your interest and motivation in applying for this position within your supporting statement.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Head of Fundraising and Communications, Oakhaven Hospice Trust” into the subject field.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


Closing date: Monday 3rd June 2019
Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 6th June
First interview: Thursday 13th June
Final interview: Tuesday 18th June

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