Meet the new members of our fundraising team
Melanie Cowieson is the Hospice’s Corporate and Major Gift Fundraising Manager
Melanie has brought with her more than 20 years of experience working within the charity sector as she takes on the role of the Hospice’s Corporate and Major Gift Fundraising Manager.
However Melanie’s career could have been on a different path when she left University where she studied Drama and English.
Originally from the Midlands, her first job was with a touring theatre where she was the company’s
She said: “My work began in theatre marketing and then changed to include booking. This developed into fundraising which I found very interesting.
“I then decided to concentrate on fundraising and this in turn led to my first job working for a main stream charity which I discovered I immensely enjoyed.
“I have remained in the sector now for some considerable time because it is satisfying and extremely rewarding.”
Her roles before Hospice of the Good Shepherd include with ChildLine and Chester Zoo.
Melanie added: “My new job here at the Hospice covers a wide area including developing relationships with companies who want to either work with us or give a donation, or sponsor events or projects.
“And then there is the other ‘arm’ of my role working with individuals or companies who decide that they want to give the Hospice major financial funding so that they can help us develop to our next level.
“All in all my remit covers a wide area and one I am hoping to develop further.
“It is a job which is extremely varied, interesting and immensely satisfying.”
Sarah Hughes has returned to her roots to take up the new post of Events Relationship Co-ordinator in the Hospice’s Fundraising team.
Sarah was raised on the Wirral and her varied career includes eight years as a Programme Assistant at BBC Radio Merseyside in Liverpool where she met her husband Roger who was Sports Editor.
Previously she was the Phone-in Co-ordinator at Granada’s This Morning programme, when the daily show was based at Liverpool’s Albert Dock.
When Roger got a new post in south Wales the family relocated there and for the past eight years Sarah worked for Marie Curie in Cardiff.
She is really pleased that they have now returned to the Wirral and live in Parkgate and she can continue her fundraising career, working for Hospice of the Good Shepherd in a new role.
“It is really nice to be home where we have family and lots of friends” Sarah said.
“I am really enjoying my new job, getting to know all the organisers and different fundraisers involved in our many events.
“My role is making sure that everyone has everything they need so that an event takes place safely and successfully and I will be talking to many people about their plans.
”I aim to find out some of the individual stories behind some of the competitors taking part in the different events, who make our fundraising so important and worthwhile. And with their consent their individual stories can be told to a wider audience.”
Sarah has a 24 year old daughter Victoria who lives in London and an 18 year old son Ieuan who has just started his studies at Leeds Beckett University.