My Typical Day - Jo Wilkinson

My Typical Day - Jo Wilkinson

My typical day…
Literally every single day is different, no chance of boredom!

At the moment everything is focussed on our biggest fundraising event of the year, our annual Gala Dinner. This year it’s our sixth and we have gone all out with a 1920s prohibition theme. The whole team is beyond excited, stressed but excited, the theming and the attention to detail is second to none! Our dinner is our opportunity to show our supporters how much we value them and appreciate their support as well as raise as much funds and awareness as possible.

When we aren’t on the build up to the Gala Dinner, it’s all about supporting our families, community groups and businesses who choose to support our House, they are all truly amazing. I spend as much time as possible with the team who are all brilliant, such dedication and commitment. Our offices are a hive of activity and I love the buzz and the sense of community we have.

My most memorable work moment…
People who haven’t visited our Houses find it difficult to believe that they really are happy places. There’s always something going on with our families and loyal supporters, or outside at events. There are also times of great sadness too, so my most memorable moments are a real mixture of highs and lows…I honestly cannot pin point one as every single memory is precious and gives me the energy and strength to put a smile on my face and make sure that every day I focus on what is important; making a difference to the families that need us.

The worst part of my job…
First thing that springs to mind is my commute, but that’s not really part of my job, it’s what I have to endure to get to my job! If I’m honest I think the worst part of my job is the constant worry that money will stop coming in, that supporters will move on, that businesses will stop choosing us and that we struggle to raise our running costs of over £700,000. I am only too aware that we cannot rest on our laurels and take our supporters for granted, we have too much to lose. Our families need us and we strive to support them every day.


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