Care for the Carers welcomes a new member to the team, Fundraising Manager Amy Hope. We caught up with Amy to find out about her wealth of fundraising experience and how she'll use it to help us support more unpaid in carers in East Sussex. 

You have lots experience working as a fundraiser for a various charities in the UK, please can you talk a little bit about this?

I’ve been working in fundraising for the last ten years. After initially doing a Master’s degree in Voluntary Action Management at Roehampton University, I went on to do a couple of charity internships. I then began working in a small team in London as a fundraising administrator where I got to learn about lots of different areas of fundraising. I went on to work for a wide range of charities including large national charities like Barnardo's, before working for smaller charities as a trust and foundations fundraiser, and then as a sole fundraiser.

You mentioned trust and foundations, what are these?

There are lots of registered charities in the world who give their money to other charities and there are various ways that they have been established.  For example, it could be a company that’s established a trust or foundation as part of their corporate giving, or it could be someone has passed away and left a big legacy so there’s a trust established in their name. Essentially, it is a mechanism for giving. So, for charities, it’s about finding trusts and foundations that are looking to give to causes like yours, getting in touch with them, and finding a project they’ll be interested in supporting. Sometimes, however, trusts and foundations will give to the charity as a whole.

What attracted to the role with Care for the Carers?

I have been working in the social welfare sector for quite a while, and I’ve been involved with lots of different projects that have involved working with young carers, people with disabilities, child exploitation and trafficking. I really enjoy the social welfare context. I also think that the caring role is incredibly important, and as more people are living longer, there’s going to more and more unpaid carers in the future. It is hugely important that those people get the support they need.

How do you see the role progressing?

Care for the Carers does lots of exciting work across East Sussex and I think it’s very important that we continue developing a broad range of projects, such as the writer-in-residence project and our activities programme. This will enable us to promote the great work Care for the Carers does and get the income we need to deliver the services carers really want, as well as providing government-funded support.  

How can people support local unpaid carers?

If you'd like to make a difference to the lives of unpaid carers in East Sussex, you can donate here. Alternatively, to find out about sponsorship, making a large donation, leaving a legacy, or how to get involved with fundraising, by emailing me at [email protected], or by calling 01323 738390.