John Taylor Hospice chief exec — the sky’s the limit for fundraising

L-to-R: David Williams, JTH volunteer and Kate Phipps’ skydive partner; Kate Phipps, CEO, John Taylor Hospice

JustGiving, the online funding platform, has just confirmed that John Taylor Hospice chief exec Kate Phipps was one of its top fundraisers in 2015.

Of over 532,000 fundraisers active on JustGiving in 2015, Kate’s page raised £14,000, placing her in the top 1%.

But this didn’t come easily. Kate’s fundraising effort was a tandem skydive — and first she had to lose 41 pounds in order to meet the body mass index requirement set by skydiving schools.

Kate set herself a target of raising £14,000 — the cost of providing a full 24-hours’ palliative care either at the hospice or in patients’ homes — after seeing the example set by one of the hospice’s corporate supporters, Connect Distribution. Her skydive funded the hospice’s care throughout Christmas Eve.

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If you’d like to raise funds for John Taylor Hospice in 2016, you can create your own fundraising page on JustGiving or send mail to the JTH fundraising team for ideas and suggestions.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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