St Ann’s fundraising team members gain diplomas

By Jenn Hughes on April 3, 2024

Two St Ann’s Hospice employees recently took the next step in their fundraising careers and successfully gained their Level 3 Fundraising Diplomas.

Marie Foster, Innovation and Digital Fundraiser, and Heather Bennett, In-Memory and Legacy Fundraiser, both completed the Level 3 Fundraiser Apprenticeship, which was fully funded via the Corndel Levy Pledge in partnership with Hospice UK. This is a professional development programme which uses gifted levy funds to enable learners to gain qualifications without any cost to the hospice.

The course also gave the team members a professional qualification, the Foundation Certificate in Fundraising and Foundation Certificate Qualified Membership MCIOF (FCert).

Marie has been a key member of St Ann’s Fundraising Team for over five years.

When I started the course in January 2023 it was with the aim of increasing my knowledge on all aspects of fundraising and putting my learning into practice here at the hospice to make me a better fundraiser. The bonus was gaining a professional qualification after assessment at the end of the course. I’ve enjoyed the learning over this past year and also the opportunity to meet other UK hospice fundraisers. Although it was difficult at certain times, it was worth it to gain the qualification – and it’s always good to push yourself out of your comfort zone! Marie Foster, Innovation and Digital Fundraiser

Heather, a former solicitor, has worked in the team for almost two years, having previously volunteered on the ward at the Little Hulton hospice.

It was so important to me to learn about the wider workings of fundraising and how we as a hospice, and I in my own role, can be there for our wonderful supporters. Having a wider understanding of the importance of fundraising for charitable organisations means I can in turn be a better fundraiser for our supporters. Whilst at times the course was challenging, I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to learn more about the charitable sector. Heather Bennett, In-Memory and Legacy Fundraiser

Everyone at St Ann’s would like to congratulate Heather and Marie on their commitment and achievements.