Graduate Managing Fundraising Events for Essential Children’s Charity

16 January 2020
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Former BA(Hons) Creative Events Management student Letty Greenfield took on the role of Events Fundraiser at Jeremiah's Journey six months ago. The Plymouth-based charity offers support and information to children, young people and their families, who have experienced or are anticipating the death of someone special.

We spoke to Letty about what led her to the charity and about the events she organises.

How did you get involved at Jeremiah's Journey?

In 2017, I lost my mum to cancer and near to the completion of my degree, I realised that I wanted to venture into the charity sector (specifically bereavement), to help people through a difficult time in their lives, similarly to one I have experienced myself. Just before graduation, my role appeared, so I applied and fortunately was successful.

What events have you been involved in so far?

Since starting my role in August, I have been involved in a range of events, from our Christmas Fayre, Fundraising Ball and the launch of the charities 'Follow the Bear' Campaign, which works with the businesses in the city.

How did your course help you address the challenges the charity faces?

The course has helped me in all sorts of ways. Not only with my initial recruitment, but Health & Safety, planning resources and the many marketing tips we received, have been hugely beneficial.

What makes the role so rewarding?

My personal passion for the charity makes my role extremely rewarding and with such a small team, the rewards throughout can be witnessed - everyone that works here has a clear objective to help others.

Many of the children Jeremiah's Journey support have been bereaved of a parent, sibling, grandparent or someone else who has been very significant in their lives. They also help children who have someone significant who is terminally ill. The charity aim's to support children through their grief in a way that feels most appropriate to them. This might be through; group sessions, meeting with them individually or giving advice and guidance to their parents/carers.

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