At Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice we help babies, children and young people with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, and their families, make the most of every day.
We are here to enable those we support to enjoy life as children, rather than as patients; as families, not just as carers. Partnering with London NHS trusts, we have built a home, a community and an expert team to make that difference.
Why we're recruiting
We are currently undertaking a major investment in our fundraising, marketing & communications capability. The team will grow from 13 posts to 20 over the next few months.
The charity has an enviable record in raising funds from philanthropy and trusts, but aims to diversify income by growing public fundraising, in particular community fundraising and regular giving. The majority of the investment is aimed at increasing capacity across all three sub-teams (Philanthropy & Partnerships, Public Fundraising, Marketing & Communications) but there is also a need to add to our skills base, for example, in media and public relations.
While the charity has existed since 1999 and had provided services in the community since 2006, Noah’s Ark really got going in 2020 when its first Hospice building was completed. This followed a major capital appeal which raised over £10m and benefited from many millions of pounds worth of gifts in kind and corporate donations.
The end result is probably the most advanced children’s hospice building in the UK. A truly state of the art facility, which creates a wonderful light and airy space for the families that use our services and a fantastic working environment for all staff. The building is on the edge of Barnet and is placed within a seven-acre nature reserve, ideal for lunchtime walks.
Our team has the advantage of working in the same building as colleagues delivering care, creating strong cross-team collaboration.
Funding and our £1m campaign
The charity has seen a steady increase in annual income over recent years, with a target for 2023/24 of £5.1m. Around 75% of our income is expected to come from philanthropy, trusts and corporate, with the remaining coming from public fundraising.
Like many Children’s Hospices our income from statutory sources is very low at less than 10%. A key component to our fundraising strategy is matched funding in the form of a 72 hr campaign which takes place each autumn and raises over £1m. Pledges from major donors and trusts are matched against donations from the public and community groups, over a set period of time.
A bright future
Our Marketing and Communications (MarComms) team is set to double in size from two to four. With current resourcing the team have been highly successful, implementing an energetic new brand, increasing followers on social media to over 17,000 and gaining major coverage for our nurse recruitment campaign.
We are very fortunate to have many partnerships with top-tier creative and media agencies, providing support on a pro bono basis.
The charity has, in recent years, won numerous awards, including most recently the PR Week Purpose Award for best fundraising campaign. But our best days are still ahead of us. We look forward to meeting ambitious fundraisers and MarComms specialists, interested in applying their skills at the next level.
See our award-winning campaign film ‘From that Moment’ here:
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