Time at the charity
12 years – gulp! Doesn't feel that long...
Quick summary of your role
Anything fundraising, ensuring our activities are legal and encouraging everyone to support us by organising events which are simple to implement, fun, engaging – and raise lots of money!
What do you love most about working at Support Adoption For Pets?
I just love my job, combining my love of pets and fundraising to make the world a better place for those who cannot do that on their own… the variety, the enthusiasm and the passion of the people I work with and those who we help
What pet do you have at home?
At the moment i don't have a pet.. i lost the love of my life – faithful Mackie, my beautiful black (well rather grey) Labrador…. Faithful, adoring and loveable last year and having just moved house, want to get settled before i bring in a new furry friend... but it wont be long..
What’s your favourite type of pet?
I love most animals …. Favourites are dogs, elephants and cows - and who doesn't love a donkey! But until I win the lottery and can have my own elephants, a dog will be a close second.
What is your most memorable rescue experience?
Too many to mention… over 12 years seeing small rescues grow, develop and fulfil their dreams… like Hope Rescue, which I have seen grow from operating out of a kitchen, to renting their own kennel space, to buying their own centre – showing what commitment, passion and our help have made possible. I've had the privilege to visit so many rescues in my time - and am always blown away by the commitment of those who dedicate themselves to finding loving homes.. Pets don't ask for much, and give so much in return. I love seeing the difference we can make and the support to let them do more.
What are you most excited for this year at SAFP?
Delivering our most successful fundraising year ever – because if I don’t make that happen, the funding isn’t there to award… and Support Adoption won’t have anything to spend…
Where are you most likely to be found in your job?
In the last 6 months before we went into lockdown, I’ve been to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, visited over 50 Pets at Home stores, numerous rescues – organised the most successful Santa Paws appeal, encouraged colleagues to jump out of planes, travel at 100mph on the longest zipline in the world and abseil down a 420 lift tower and I followed!, been to the Animal Hero Awards and the National Cat Awards, spoken at the National Institute of Fundraising Convention #Proud to be a fundraiser –– so anything, anywhere is possible!