A NEW fundraising supremo has been appointed by a Huddersfield charity.
And Karen Dineen is relishing the challenge of steering the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust towards its goal.
She has been appointed head of fundraising by the charity, which is bidding to build a children’s hospice and respite centre in Brackenhall.
Karen, a member of the Institute of Fundraising, brings a wealth of experience to help take the charity’s income generation to the next stage.
Before joining the trust she was a Neighbourhood Enterprise Champion for a community project in South Yorkshire.
She has also been fundraising manager for Sheffield’s Burton Street Foundation, where she headed various income generation schemes, including a multi-million-pound capital build development appeal.
Rob Wilde, the trust’s general manager, said: “The team are delighted to welcome Karen as we move on to the next chapter in the development of the charity.
“We have a very strong force of people working with us and supporting us, a first-class volunteer base, a newly structured board of trustees and a small staff team.
“Karen adds further experience, skills and enthusiasm to this mix.”
The appointment comes hot on the heels of a record-breaking month for the trust.
April was the first time that the charity had broken the £100,000 barrier in one month, a significant increase on previous months.
Karen said: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at such an exciting time.
“I am really looking forward to being part of the trust and helping to develop income streams as we work towards providing specialist children’s hospice and respite services.”
Behind the scenes, work is continuing to finalise the buying of the land in Brackenhall where the centre will go.
Once this has been done a full-scale appeal will be launched.
Some £3m will be needed to build the centre and then there will be £1.5m a year running costs.
Community-based teams to provide care and support at home will be part of the service offered, as will bereavement support for families.
The trust will provide care 365 days a year.
Children from Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield who now need such care, have to make long journeys to specialist centres.