Georgia is undertaking a year-long professional placement as part of her undergraduate degree in International Events Management at the University of Brighton.

She’s been at St Wilfrid’s for six months now in her role as a Fundraising Events Assistant, and we caught up to see how she’s found the experience so far.

What have your first six months working in the Fundraising team been like?

It’s been great – and eventful! I have been fortunate enough to meet lots of lovely people who have allowed me to be a part of the amazing work they do.

I’ve really developed my event-planning skills through attending awareness days for the hospice in and around Eastbourne, by booking local businesses and entertainment for hospice events and by helping with things like event registration and setup, to make sure that everything goes smoothly on the day itself.

What do you enjoy most about working for a hospice?

It’s definitely the feeling I get that I am helping others, whether it’s through organising an event that raises funds for palliative care, or by having conversations with those connected to the hospice; they often share their special memories of a loved one and that’s a privilege to hear.

Working at St Wilfrid’s has taught me to appreciate the ‘smaller things’… not everyone is as fortunate.

Why did you want to work for a charity on your placement year?

From seeing high-profile events in the media and the friends and family who have taken part in fundraising events over the years, I have always had an interest in the charity sector, and my interest in this field has deepened since having started my degree.

During my placement at St Wilfrid’s Hospice, I’ve gained a real insight in what it’s like to work for a charity, and it’s shown me what a career at a not-for-profit could be like post-graduation.

What fundraising skills will you take away from your time at St Wilfrid’s Hospice?

I have developed so many transferable skills, like problem-solving, communication skills and organisational skills, all of which I’ve picked up by speaking to supporters of the hospice, the general public, through liaising with businesses and by working with colleagues.

What is your favourite part about being an Events Assistant Intern?

Since starting in July 2018 I’ve been able to get involved in so many things, and have taken a lot from the internship.

The thing that stands out to me is the knowledge I’ve gained in planning and running events and the charity sector as a whole. I think it will help massively in terms of my future career.

How has your experience been useful to your university course and degree?

Through experiences like planning the hospice’s Firewalk, which is taking place in March, I now have a much deeper understanding of the planning and logistics that come with an event.

This will be incredibly useful when I complete my final-year assignments as I’ll have first-hand experiences to refer to and cite as primary research.

What would you say to someone who is interested in working in events fundraising?

I would say to go for it! Working in fundraising is very rewarding, and so diverse; at the hospice alone we organise corporate, challenge and community events, alongside flagship fundraisers like KAPOW! and Starlight Stroll.

But the best aspects are the new networks and relationships you can build; you get the chance to meet some amazing individuals and businesses that you might not get the opportunity to otherwise.

We’re glad to see you’re enjoying your time as a part of the team, Georgia – here’s to the next six months!