Meet your new Fundraising Team!

Posted on: June 24th, 2019

The new team will work to build relationships with current and potential supporters and develop local community committees who will support the hospice. As a result the Fundraisers and Fundraising Assistants are now regionalised and each look after a different area of Hull and East Yorkshire.

This week we put the spotlight on Daniel Clipson, Regional Fundraiser, who supports the West region heading out to areas that include West Hull, Howden and Goole.

If you would like to raise funds over the coming months in support of Dove House and are from the West region, Dan would love to hear from you. You can get hold of Dan via the hospice facebook, on 01482 785743 or by emailing fundraising@dovehouse.org.uk.

  1. What attracted you to work at Dove House?

I saw the role advertised and thought it’d be an ideal opportunity to join the charity sector for a well-respected local organisation. The job itself is really diverse and gives you the flexibility to try lots of different fundraisers to inspire the community to support us. I sent an application in via email but nearly didn’t get the job as my CV had dropped into the junk folder – so I was certainly lucky in that respect!

  1. What do you do when you are not working for Dove House?

I’m a big sports fan so if I’m not hacking my way around my local golf course, then I’m watching our city’s sporting teams Hull FC and Hull City (for my sins!) A number of us at the hospice are fans of American football so watching games on a Sunday night is the norm, albeit an often tired office come Monday morning!

  1. How long have you been working for Dove House?

I’ve worked at the hospice for over four years now. It’s flown by to be honest.

  1. What is a typical week for you?

A Monday morning could involve me giving an assembly to a local school to help the children understand what a hospice is and the types of care that we give to our patients and their families or I may meet with a corporate supporter or individual to hear about their fundraising event or challenge they have planned and how we can support them to make sure their efforts raise as much money as possible for the hospice.

At least two days a week I like to get out into the community to either say thank you to those that host one of our collection boxes or simply to understand what types of businesses are in the local area and how a partnership between us will be mutually beneficial. From there, I can have our fantastic team of volunteers call to these businesses to see if they could be a home for a collection box or would be receptive to developing a lasting relationship with the hospice. There’s lots of work to be done and a week can be very busy!

  1. What does the community support mean to Dove House?

Support from the community, whether that be an individual deciding to jump out of an aeroplane in a skydive or a business hosting a dress down day is incredibly important to the hospice. Patients and their loved ones are at the heart of everything that we do here at Dove House and being able to provide special memories for those people is simply not possible without the community helping to ensure that the hospice remains open for those that need it most. Everything that we do here at the hospice is free and it’s because of our community support that we are able to be here for those in Hull and East Yorkshire for now and in the future.

  1. Top tips to raise funds in my local community?

Do something that you enjoy! It’ll make your fundraising so much easier and manageable! If you’re a fan of running then why not try and push yourself with a marathon? If you’re not a fan of running and prefer watching Great British Bake Off, then perhaps a bake sale in your workplace would be much more fun!

  1. What do you enjoy most about your role?

The diverseness of the role means that one day I could be presenting a case for support to a business or another day I may be meeting with an individual to hear about how the hospice has supported their relative or friend and want to give back for the care that they received. No two days are ever the same.

  1. How do you take your tea?

In our office, it’s very much a ‘like it or lump it’ approach, so I’ve learnt to just be thankful it’s not my turn to make the tea!

  1. What is the most inspirational piece of advice you have been given and who gave it to you?

“The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming”.

As a big lover of all things Marvel and DC, I’ve always loved some of their quotes and the above from The Dark Knight is certainly applicable to hospice care. Dove House Hospice are the light to help you through those darkest of times and we’re here for our patients and families no matter what.