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I moved from Africa to the UK in 1988, and settled in Harrow, North London. I started off in the corporate world working for the National Lottery, but then had a career break to have my two children. Once they were all grown up, I came and worked for The Freemasons’ Grand Charity as I wanted to have a different career focus. I saw an advertisement that the Grand Charity had put out that was a year-long contract, so I thought I’d give it a go for a year and see where it took me. Seven years later, I’m still here! Obviously, my role has evolved and changed enormously with the merging of all the charities – it has been interesting and exciting time for me.

 

I’m always very humbled by the amount of money that is raised by our donors – I think it’s quite remarkable. The responsibility that we have to ensure that we are spending their money correctly is huge, but I really enjoy researching different charities and informing the successful charities from their applications. I also enjoy going to see their work first-hand – it makes you realise that you’re truly helping to make a difference in people’s lives.

Caroline, Senior Grants Officer

Our Impact

St Cuthbert’s Hospice

The Family Support Team at St Cuthbert’s Hospice provides emotional, psychological, spiritual and practical support to individuals, children and families who are affected by life limiting illness, bereavement and grief. Pathways through bereavement In October 2019, St Cuthbert’s began working with a wide range of people from the local community to find out what kind…

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Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Bereavement Help Points in Cheshire This grant is helping the Hospice of the Good Shepherd to establish informal drop-in sessions in communities across Cheshire. These Bereavement Help Points offer a wide range of assistance; including emotional peer support, advice from trained volunteers, and printed resources to take away. They began work on the project in…

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St Elizabeth Hospice

This grant helped St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich to work with primary and secondary schools to improve support for pupils following bereavement. By giving teachers the skills to respond to their pupils’ grief early on, the project aims to prevent long-term difficulties in emotional well-being. Bereavement training for schools In September 2019 the Emotional Wellbeing…

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Bolton Hospice

Specialist training for local teachers The grant allowed the Bolton Hospice education team to develop specialist training for local teachers to support teenagers going through a bereavement. The training will help to improve the experience of teenagers dealing with loss, grief and bereavement, providing school staff with the knowledge and skills they need to support…

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