News Blog Meet our fundraising team Our fundraising team is here to offer you support for all of your fundraising events; from coffee mornings to marathons, we are here to help. We are proud to be independent of Government and National Lottery funding and we rely on the generous support and donations of the people, businesses and communities of Devon. No matter how big or small your event, we can offer you advice and support, from posters, banners, collection boxes, buckets and balloons to press releases and promotion via our website and social media, we can even attend your event and host a stall when required. We love to hear from our fundraisers, so don’t be shy, contact us today! We can be found all over Devon throughout the summer at a whole host of events; to find out which events we will be at this year please go to our events page. Our experienced and dynamic team brings a variety of skills to help you maximise the success of your event. Find out a little more about what each of us does below: Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director Caroline is the longest serving employee of the Trust within our Fundraising team and has been with the Trust since 1997; as well as being Deputy CEO Caroline is head of our Fundraising Team and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Caroline is responsible for setting the fundraising strategies & budget, and ensuring that our fundraising complies with Charity Commission legislation and adheres to the Fundraising Standards Boards code of conduct and that our DAAT Lottery complies with the Gambling Act. You can contact Caroline on 01392 466666 ext 133. Tracy Owen, Fundraising Manager Tracy started with the Trust in 2006 working in our Lottery Department, today she manages the Fundraising department which includes the Lottery. Within her role Tracy not only works closely with our team of canvassers, but oversees our Lottery, working with Finance with Gambling Commission timescales and monthly reporting. Tracy also supports the relationships with our corporate supporters and our charity of the year supporters. As well as this she organises our annual Dragon Boat Festival at Exeter Quay; a great team building event! Tracy also attends presentations to encourage new supporters and networking events. If your company would like to support DAAT please phone her on 01392 466666 ext 134. Cara Jones Volunteer Manager Cara joined DAA in April 2017 as our Volunteer Manager and is responsible for steering and co-ordinating volunteering across Devon. She works full time, although her duties are spilt between both the Fundraising and Retail departments as she enhances the recruitment, induction, training and support of our wonderful team of 530 volunteers throughout Devon. You will often find her in Head Office handling all volunteer-related queries and supporting staff departmentally as a member of our Office Management Team. If Cara is not in the office she'll be out assisting our Shop Managers and engaging with Devon communities at local events. There are many different ways you can volunteer for the Devon Air Ambulance and Cara believes the DAA is very fortunate to have an outstanding and devoted volunteer family. You can contact Cara on 01392 466666 ext. 122. Debbie Gregory, Patient Liaison Officer and Helipad Editor Debbie has been with the Trust since June 2010 and is our Patient Liaison Officer and Editor of our Helipad magazine. Due to patient confidentiality our paramedics are unable to tell the Trust about the missions they attend, so we have to rely on our patients contacting us directly. Debbie ensures that every patient we hear from has an opportunity to visit our airbase and meet our aircrew and to ask any questions they may have about their incident. Debbie also edits our Helipad magazine; writing our patient stories, thanking our fundraisers and coordinating all the articles that make up this informative and fabulous read. If you have been airlifted or have a story to contribute to our Helipad magazine please phone her on 01392 466666 ext 135. Louise Newbery, Fundraising Administrator Louise started with the trust in 2005 and is now in the office two and half days a week providing support to all our community fundraising events, including events where we are invited to attend with a stand. Louise provides fundraisers with posters, boxes and buckets for event and she promotes community events via social media. Louise also organises talks within Devon’s local communities as well as local schools. If you would like DAAT to attend your community event or if your community group or school would like a DAAT talk please phone her on 01392 466666 ext 138. Peggie Clark, Fundraising Communications Officer (currently on maternity leave) Peggie joined us in January 2016 and provides communication support to our fundraising team as well as to our supporters. From posters and press releases to social media, Peggie can help you spread the word of your event and assist you to make it a great success. Peggie also provides support to all of our sponsorship supporters, assisting with setting up online giving pages, providing DAAT supporter clothing and all the necessary support to promote your sponsored event and encourage donations. If you are taking on a sponsored event or would like some assistance with promoting your fundraising event please phone her on 01392 466666 ext 123. Cat Walker, Support Administrator After temping for the Trust for four months, Cat became a permanent member of the team in March 2016. Cat provides administrative support to the Fundraising team as well as the Finance team, and is responsible for producing thank you letters to our supporters for their amazing fundraising. Cat is also responsible for the volunteer start up process and providing our volunteers with their uniforms. Cat is the point of contact for our volunteers who collect and replace our permanent collection boxes in shops and businesses all over Devon. If you would like to hold a permanent box for us or your box is full please phone her on 01392 466666 ext 127. Brian Chapman, Logistics Support Officer Brian joined the Trust in February 2016. He is responsible for organising the logistics and staffing for DAAT-led and attended events, ensuring gazebos and support material are at every event. Brian is also event coordinator for our annual Motorcycle Ride Out ensuring that the day is a great success. Brian also assists our volunteers with the collection and replacement of our permanent boxes when he is out and about in Devon. If you would like DAAT to host a stall at your event please phone him on 01392 466666 ext 190. Afnan Tellesy, Database Administrator Afnan joined the team in February 2014 and is responsible for allocating funds coming in via post and from our shops; Afnan ensures all funds are allocated on our database against the correct fundraiser, meaning our fundraisers can be thanked for every penny they raise. Afnan is also responsible for ensuring participants who sign up to DAAT-led events are added to the database. As well as dealing with the direct debits and standing order donors, Afnan ensures the database is up-to-date with the correct supporter details and deals with our Helipad mail out. Please phone her on 01392 466666 ext 144. Jane Raddon, Lottery Administrator Jane joined the trust in 2006. She is in the office three days a week and manages all incoming post to the Trust as well as deals with all queries related to our in-house DAAT Lottery, such as setting up new members and inputting data onto our Lottery database. Jane is also responsible for conducting the weekly draw and informing our lucky winners. Jane deals with fundraising queries, setting up events and talks and can provide you with necessary support to ensure your event is a brilliant success. If you would like to find out more about signing up to our lottery or would like support for your fundraising event please phone her on 01392 466666 ext 130. Andy Bryan, temporary Fundraising Communications Officer (maternity) Andy joined our team in January 2018 covering for Peggie's maternity leave. Andy comes from a background of broadcast journalism and before joining the team was a full time audiobook/voice over artist. Heprovides communication support to our fundraising team as well as our supporters. From posters and press releases to social media, Andy can help you spread the word of your event and assist you in making it a great success. Andy also provides support to all of our sponsorship supporters, assisting with setting up online giving pages, providing DAAT supporter clothing and all the necessary assistance in promoting your sponsored event. If you are taking on a sponsored event or would like some assistance with promoting your fundraising event please email Andy or phone him on 01392 466666 ext 123. Ambrose, our Mascot Ambrose loves to get out to our events and meet with his fans – so keep your eyes peeled this summer for him! He also regularly attends local schools to give talks, if your school would like a talk and the opportunity to meet Ambrose please email or phone 01392 466666. Our Fundraising Team is always enthusiastic to talk to our supporters and we love to hear about your fundraising experiences. Are you interested in setting up an event? Drop us a line - we'd love to help.