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The impact of Covid-19 on the Charity Sector and Corporate Funding

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Hampshire Chamber of Commerce are pleased to work alongside Minstead Trust, Wessex Cancer Trust, MYTime Young Carers and Tools.

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This free Zoom Session will discuss the impact of Covid-19 on a group of local Charities and how they want to interact with Corporates and local businesses to develop mutually beneficial partnerships, in a very challenging financial climate, as we tentatively enter a period of recovery. It is also an opportunity for businesses to discuss how Charities can best support their CSR, business plans and strategic growth.

All experienced in the charitable field we are delighted to have as members of the Charity panel:

Jemma Chambers:- Head of Fundraising at Tools for Self Reliance

Jemma has been working in fundraising since 2003, mainly in small to medium charities where they have needed a fundraising team establishing or a change of strategy and direction. This has encompassed a range of causes, she has fundraised for a hospice, wildlife conservation, services specifically for young and for older people, and education! In her current role at Tools for Self Reliance, which supports poverty reduction in Africa, Jemma leads on fundraising and communications activity, manages a small team, and is currently working on growing their income in order to expand projects. She is the chair for the national Small International Development NGO Working Group and treasurer of the regional Institute of Fundraising Committee.

Sally Hillyear:-Head of Fundraising and Communication at Wessex Cancer Trust

Sally brings 27 years’ fundraising management experience to Wessex Cancer Trust, having led teams at Help the Aged, Marie Curie, Autism Hampshire, Fire Fighters Charity and most recently Breast Cancer Haven. She manages a team of 12 and is responsible for designing and executing Wessex Cancer Trust’s fundraising and events programme, with a strong focus on building relationships with corporates major donors, community initiatives and individual giving. Wessex Cancer Trust makes a huge difference to anyone living with cancer in their local communities, so it’s an honour for Sally to be heading up their fundraising and communication. A keen theatre goer, Sally lives in Southampton and is married with four children.

Krista Sharp:- Executive Director at MYTime Young Carers

Krista Sharp is the Executive Director of MYTime Young Carers, a charity supporting young carers across the south between the ages of 5 and 25. MYTime is a rapidly growing organisation; they have ambitious aims and are looking to radically reshape the current system of support young carers have access to. Having spent thirteen years working on senior leadership teams for some of the UK's largest academy chains, Krista has developed the unshakeable belief that no child's destiny should be defined by their beginning. Research shows that young carers achieve on average 9 grades lower at GCSE than their peers and that 49% of young adult carers go on to be unemployed. Krista is committed to changing these outcomes for young carers. Krista lives in Poole, Dorset with her husband Richard and her boxer dog Ernie.

David Watson:- Corporate and Supporter Relations at Minstead Trust.

David entered the Charity profession as a bid writer and Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser at Oakhaven Hospice. Now working for Minstead Trust, a Charity that provides training and support to adults with Learning Disabilities across greater Hampshire, he has over 4 years’ experience of specialising in Corporate and Major Donor Fundraising, together with extensive experience of making applications to Grant Making Foundations. With a background in the legal profession and working at large international Corporates, David has vast experience of working with different companies of varying sizes and understanding the objectives and needs of a business entering into a relationship with a Charity. David lives in Lymington, is a keen Newcastle Utd supporter and loves spending his free time walking his three dogs in the New Forest.

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