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Head of Fundraising | Hospice in the Weald

This key leadership position is a great opportunity for someone to lead and maximise fundraising at Hospice in the Weald, inspiring and developing those around them. You will develop and drive forward plans for growth across all fundraising income streams. The job is strategic but also involves lots of contact time with supporters.

  • Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
  • Salary: £44,000

About Hospice in the Weald

Hospice in the Weald is an ambitious organisation providing hospice palliative care to people across West Kent and East Sussex. It costs £7m per year to run the Hospice, with only 11% of funding provided by the government. We are reliant on the support of the community we serve, and are looking for a Head of Fundraising to inspire people to donate and fundraise in order to maintain our vital services.

Throughout 2020, Hospice in the Weald has been celebrating 40 years of celebrating life and dignifying death.

In 2019, we undertook a review of our mission, values and strategic aims. We have strengthened our organisational capability and performance, which has included significantly growing the number of patients we see.  We wrote a three-year Strategy and Business Plan for 2020 – 2023, however, the COVID-19 pandemic means that we will be launching a revised Strategy and Business Plan in April 2021.

Income through fundraising has been growing over the past five years, but we have so much more that we want to achieve. We are on the cusp of launching a new Hospice service for children and young people with life-limiting illness. In 2021 we will be adding an extension to our Hospice in Pembury, and searching for a site to build our second Cottage Hospice. These and other opportunities all present fantastic potential to further grow our fundraising income.

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

Simon Callaghan | simon@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07702 678 658

Closing Date: 9am, Monday 14th December 2020

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Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the job of Head of Fundraising at Hospice in the Weald. This key leadership position is a great opportunity for someone to lead and maximise fundraising at Hospice in the Weald, inspiring and developing those around them.

We are an ambitious organisation providing Hospice palliative care to people across West Kent and East Sussex. It costs £7m per year to run the Hospice, with only 11% of our funding provided by the government. We are reliant on the support of the community we serve to donate and fundraise in order to maintain our vital services. Over 1,000 volunteers give their time to the Hospice helping us run efficiently and effectively as part of the local community. In 2020 Hospice in the Weald celebrated 40 years of celebrating life and dignifying death.

The need for Hospice palliative care is growing rapidly and we are thriving, but never complacent. We have set out in our Strategy and Business Plan how we will meet more and more of the unmet need for Hospice care. We have recently expanded our offer to include two new services: the UK’s first Cottage Hospice, which offers a “home plus” environment for patients to continue to be cared for by their loved ones, and in 2021 we will launch a new service providing Hospice care for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses.

We are proud to put the supporter at the heart of our approach to fundraising, and you will need to have a knack for developing great relationships and building rapport. Managing income streams is a vital part of this job, so you need to be sure that you are motivated by achieving (and beating!) budgets. You will be leading and developing a team of fundraising staff and volunteers, and we will also help you develop your career by working together on your training and development.

Hospice in the Weald is in a strong financial position, but the landscape around us continues to change. Increasing demand for our services and limitations in statutory funding mean that fundraising is crucial to us. There is work to be done to improve our use of Raiser’s Edge, our fundraising database (CRM), as well as growing income from major donors and through our weekly lottery.

In 2018 we undertook a root and branch review of how we deliver relationship fundraising and are part way through implementing the changes. The Head of Fundraising at Hospice in the Weald is a job for someone experienced in managing and delivering change; someone with high standards who can positively challenge our views on what is possible. Someone who is truly excited at the prospect of developing and driving forward plans for growth across all fundraising income streams. The job is strategic but also involves regularly meeting and speaking with supporters, whilst also playing a role in shaping the direction of the wider organisation as part of the Hospice Leadership Team.

As a candidate you might be moving from an existing Head of (or similar) position, or you might be stepping up for the first time to be a senior leader. Either way, prior experience of working for a Hospice is not essential. If you believe that you can inspire, lead and manage our fundraising team; if you are ambitious, creative, full of passion, and can demonstrate a proven track record in income generation, then I’ll be excited to hear from you.

We invest in our people and will help you to learn and grow, we also we offer a long list of additional employee benefits. Our offices are nestled in the beautiful Kentish countryside amongst award-winning gardens. The successful candidate will be joining a friendly and passionate team that enjoys working in a rewarding environment.

Please continue through this recruitment site and contact Peridot Partners, our recruitment consultants, to discuss your suitability. I hope to meet you at the interview stage.

Best wishes,

Nick Farthing
Development & Income Generation Director

About Hospice on the Weald

Hospice in the Weald is a well-established and highly respected local charity serving the communities in West Kent and northern East Sussex. This year, we celebrate 40 years of celebrating life and dignifying death.

The Hospice provides care completely free of charge to patients with a terminal illness, their families and carers. It costs £7m per year to run the Hospice, with 90p in every £1 donated going directly to patient care. We are reliant on the support of the community we serve to donate and fundraise in order to maintain our vital services.

We deliver our services with over 250 highly experienced staff and around 1,100 committed volunteers. In addition to fundraising events, we also raise income through our 27 charity shops.

Our mission

Compassionate, personalised and holistic care for everyone in our community living with a terminal illness, and for those important to them.

Our values

  • Honest – we are a trustworthy and reliable organisation that treats people with respect, manages risk appropriately and lets people know when we make a mistake.
  • Kind – kindness is central to the compassionate care we provide and is evident in all of our daily interactions.
  • Learning – we strive to continually learn in all aspects of our work and embrace the changes needed to become even better.
  • Ambitious – we will never stop working to provide people with access to the care they want and need.
  • Sustainable – meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability to meet future needs. There are three aspects to our approach to sustainability – environmental, social and economic.
  • Effective – enabling people in Kent and Sussex to access the most effective Hospice Palliative Care and enjoy good quality of life.

Our services

We deliver Hospice palliative care through teams of nurses, doctors, nursing assistants, counsellors, chaplains and other professionals including therapists (such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, creative arts, music therapy and wellbeing therapies) and carer support workers. We care for people through our range of services which include:

  • Hospice in the Home
  • Hospice Day Service
  • Cottage Hospice
  • Counselling and Support service
  • In-Patient Ward
  • Children and Young Person’s Hospice service (launching 2021)

Over the last 40 years, the Hospice has continued to grow, and our focus now is on ensuring we meet more unmet need. To date, our care has been provided for adults and people over the age of 18 and with the support, expertise and resources that we have gathered over the last four decades of caring for local people, now is the time to extend our care to children and young people.

In 2021, Hospice in the Weald will launch a new service providing hospice care for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses. This will be our sixth service and will be developed and delivered in collaboration with other local organisations that provide care for children and will enable many families and children to be cared for at home. This is the most significant change in our service provision yet and will help meet unmet need in a new part of the community.

‘Foundations for the Future’ is a planned next step in our preparations for the continued increase in demand, and an update to our thinking. As demand for our services continues to increase, we must continue to adapt and improve them to support everyone who needs Hospice care. Foundations for the Future is about creating a larger flexible space to enable us to continue to meet increased demand, to increase attendance in Hospice Day Service and meet more unmet need.

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    Closing date: 9am, Monday 14th December 2020
    First interviews: Thursday 17th December
    Final interviews: Tuesday 22nd December

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