Bristol charity St Peter's Hospice has appointed a new Corporate Fundraiser to encourage businesses in the city to support the only adult hospice in the area.
Edward Smith joins St Peter's Hospice having previously worked for Bristol Zoo Gardens and Gloucestershire Young Carers and will work on the charity's Local Lotto scheme as well as corporate fundraising events.
Following a successful career in catering Edd decided to take a different path and made the move into the charity sector. Since then he has discovered a passion for fundraising and energising people to support good causes.
Edd, 30, from Westbury-on-Trym, said: "The opportunity to work at St Peter's Hospice was too good to miss. As an organisation St Peter's Hospice is so important to many and I have been overwhelmed by the passion shown so far.
"While working in catering I had a real desire to go into charity work. Following a period of internships and voluntary posts I began working for Bristol Zoo Gardens where I coordinated the Wow! Gorillas campaign, which raised £420,000. I found a real love for charity work and went on to work in a couple of other posts before coming to St Peter's Hospice.
"Here, I aim to engage with local businesses and enable the company and staff members to raise as much funds as they can. Some of the ways that people have supported in the past are incredible, including a lady who shaved her head! I can't wait to get stuck in to creative, exciting ideas like that and get out and about meeting people."
As Bristol's only adult hospice, St Peter's Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £18,000 a day. For around £13,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations from the public and local businesses and funds generated by the hospice shops.
As well as working on corporate fundraising, Edd will be in charge of running the St Peter's Hospice Local Lotto. The scheme costs participants £1 per month and gives them the chance to win £1,000 while raising money for the hospice at the same time.
Edd continued: "I'm really looking forward to growing the Local Lotto, it's a fantastic initiative and gives people far better odds of winning than the national lottery and all funds stay within Bristol.
"There is so much goodwill towards the hospice and joining an organisation which plays such an important part in the community has been brilliant.
"Not only have I started a brilliant new job, my wife and I are expecting our first baby at the end of March, so all in all 2014 is shaping up to be a very good year!"
If you are a local business and would like to talk to Edd about fundraising for the hospice, give him a call on 01275 391 400 or email at Edward.Smith@stpetershospice.org