Time at the charity
13 years – gulp! Doesn't feel that long...
Quick summary of your role
Anything fundraising, ensuring our activities are well supported, legal and encouraging everyone to support us by organising events which are all inclusive, fun, engaging – and importantly raise lots of money to help as many pets and people as possible.
What do you love most about working at Pets at Home Foundation?
I just love my job, combining my love of pets and fundraising to make the world a better place for those who cannot do that on their own… the variety of what I do, the enthusiasm and the passion for pets of the people I work with and those who we help makes all the difference
What pet do you have at home?
I've just re-homed Wilma, a chunky 4 year old chocolate Labrador, from Dogs Trust. She's been well loved but is in need of a controlled diet and lots of walk to shed some extra pounds (couldn't we all). We are just working out the ground rules, but I think i already know who is boss - and definitely who hogs most of the sofa!
What’s your favourite type of pet?
I love most animals …. Favourites are dogs, elephants and cows - and who doesn't love a donkey! But until I win the lottery and can have my own elephants, a dog will be a very close second.
What is your most memorable rescue experience?
Too many to mention… over 13 years seeing small rescues grow, develop and fulfil their dreams… like Hope Rescue, which I have seen grow from operating out of a kitchen, to renting their own kennel space, to buying their own centre – showing what commitment, passion and our help have made possible. I've had the privilege to visit so many rescues in my time - and am always blown away by the commitment of those who dedicate themselves to finding loving homes for pets within their local community. Pets don't ask for much from us, and give so much in return. I love seeing the difference we can make and the support to let them do more.
What are you most excited for this year at PAHF?
After the challenges of the last year, when fundraising has never been harder, with so much uncertainty, I want to deliver our most successful fundraising year ever – because if I don’t make that happen, the funding isn’t there to award… and rescues have never needed our help more, as they hopefully get back on their feet, and we can help them get back to doing what they do best.
Where are you most likely to be found in your job?
In my spare room if we are talking about the last year, but lets not, so in the last 6 months before we went into lockdown, I’ve been to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, visited over 50 Pets at Home stores, numerous rescues – organised the most successful Santa Paws appeal, encouraged colleagues to jump out of planes, travel at 100mph on the longest zipline in the world and abseil down a 420 lift tower !, been to the Animal Hero Awards and the National Cat Awards, spoken at the National Institute of Fundraising Convention #Proud to be a fundraiser –– so anything, anywhere is possible!