Starlight Strengthen Fundraising Team

Starlight invest in Fundraising Team to support expansion of services for seriously ill children.

Starlight Children’s Foundation has appointed two new senior positions to drive forward growth in income to support new services. Sarah Woods has been appointed as Director of Fundraising & Marketing. Having led on many multi-strand Comic Relief campaigns, Woods brings 15 years’ experience of delivering successful marketing campaigns to support fundraising initiatives to raise millions of pounds. Sam Butler has been hired as Head of Public Fundraising, bringing experience from St John Ambulance and the Tibet Relief Fund. The newly established team will focus on promoting social and digital fundraising ideas, tools and platforms as well as the more established strengths of Starlight in corporate, events and Individual Giving

Following the appointment of Starlight CEO Cathy Gilman in September 2017, Starlight has invested in the people and infrastructure to support an ambitious strategy to lessen the long-term impact of serious illness for children and young people. This has included the appointment of a research team, headed up by Dr Sandra Gulyurtlu. Using both quantitative and qualitative research techniques, the team are creating a better understanding of the needs of children and their families which will is already contributing to the development of new services.

Cathy Gilman, Starlight CEO, remarks; “Starlight offers a unique range of services for seriously ill children and their families. By strengthening our team with the appointments of Sarah, Sam and Sandy we can more confidently plan to help more families than ever before.”

Starlight aim to preserve childhood throughout serious illness, via a unique combination of services. The experiences of childhood, and especially of play, is integral to how we develop and has a lasting effect into adulthood. Starlight are dedicated to delivering and developing services to support seriously ill children and their families, as well as children who are in a healthcare setting such as hospitals and hospices.