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Madeleine Gillan is a Regional Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in the North of Scotland. Madeleine joined Macmillan in August 2018 with a background in the third sector, her role is to research, steward and support businesses to fundraise.
Macmillan Cancer Support have been established for over 100 years and have reached millions of people affected by cancer to give them support. Whilst it is wonderful they have been able to help so many there are still millions more who need their help. Macmillan estimate that they are not reaching 48% of people living with cancer in the UK with personal support at the times they most need them. Having just launched a new strategy Madeleine has joined the business at an exciting time where they hope to reach everyone who needs them.
Madeleine has always been passionate about helping others and has not only worked in the third sector but volunteered her time to various charities over the years. Having had personal experience of cancer in her family and knowing it’s devastating effects Madeleine jumped at the chance to join Macmillan and support people affected by cancer. Madeleine also volunteers in her spare time for the local Macmillan Committee in Arbroath. If you’re interested in fundraising please contact Madeleine on firstname.lastname@example.org.
A ‘Typical’ DayMonday 18 March 2019
It’s a desk day to kick start the week. As a fundraiser a good portion of my time is spent at a desk doing research, making phone calls and giving attention to the steady stream of emails. Today is no different. Macmillan have recently launched a new strategy with a big aim to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, so in order to achieve this a lot of work needs to be done. My Monday consists of researching businesses in the north of Scotland to find out if any have existing charity partnership opportunities and to let them know what we can do to support people.
Throughout the day many varied emails come through, this is the fascinating part of my job, hearing about all the different ways people are supporting us. Today has seen me organising a thank you visit for a business who have come to the end of their year long partnership with us and has also seen me help someone set up a way to collect donations during a games convention. The job might be busy but it’s never dull.
#oneteamTuesday 19 March 2019
Whilst Macmillan might be a large national charity we all work in our own little ‘patches’ and I am part of the North of Scotland team which sits in the Scotland and Northern Ireland Regional Fundraising Team. We work across a really wide geographic area but in spite of this we work together as #oneteam. We share advice, work together whenever we can and support each other and today I am feeling the positive vibes of this kind of support. Two colleagues in the central belt are meeting in Edinburgh to work together on a joint charity of the year proposal, they notice that the company we are making the proposal for have an office in my area so immediately get in touch to share their ideas and help me create something similar. The advantages of modern technology come into play and whilst I am not there with them a Skype call is really helpful and it’s great to have the chance to chat to my ‘teamies’.
Out & AboutWednesday 20 March 2019
A sunny drive up to Aberdeen this morning sets the positive mood for today’s meetings.
I start with a meeting about a possible venue we could use for events in Aberdeen. It’s promising to hear about a venue that can cater for so many different events; from dinners to conferences and everything in between. It’s a great meeting and there is the added extra of a chat around their organisations charity support.
A hop across the city to a cheque presentation and chance to thank our supporters at Marathon Oil for all their fundraising efforts whilst we have been their charity partners this past year. Members of staff took part in loads of different events from Easter Egg Hunts to a Virtual Walk around the UK Coastline.
Finally a cheque presentation with a local Bowling Club whose members fundraised for us at the end of 2018. It’s a chance not only to thank our supporters but during the event one of the club’s members comes to speak to me privately about their cancer diagnosis and the support they’ve received from Macmillan. I am instantly reminded why my job is so important and I leave with a warm, fuzzy feeling.
Thank YouThursday 21 March 2019
Today is all about catching up from yesterday and looking ahead to next week. I am able to write some thank you’s and pull together some notes to share with my team about the meetings I’ve had. Then I get stuck in to looking out information to take to meetings I have next week. I have the opportunity to meet with some local businesses to talk to them about how they might fundraise for us and how we can support their staff and the work we do in their communities. I have a lot of Macmillan information piled up around my desk at home so it’s really a case of getting this all together without creating a huge mess in the office!
Dundee DayFriday 22 March 2019
Time to make some visits to Scotland’s sunniest city, Dundee! I kick the day off with a little bit of poster distribution around the city. We are currently recruiting for volunteers in and around Dundee to start a new fundraising group in the city. Our fundraising groups and committees across Scotland volunteer their time to pull together fundraising events for us all year round.
I then have the chance to catch up with a lovely Macmillan colleague who runs our Dundee Libraries project. I have come to see her today to chat about a new project she is leading in the city, ‘By Your Side’, a peer support service for people living with cancer. I get to round off the day by visiting RSB Lindsays who have been fundraising for us since summertime last year. We chat about their plans for future fundraising and some brilliant and original ideas come out. It’s great to be able to work with our fundraisers and hear about what they’ve been up to. I’ve got that Friday feeling for sure!