Home-Start Camden Trustee, Liz Sturgeon (see photo) has won the Volunteer Fundraiser Award in the charity’s national awards, hosted by Home-Start UK’s ambassadors Kirstie Allsopp and Alastair Stewart.
Liz is one of the 14,808 amazing home-visiting volunteers and 2,448 trustees who gave their time to Home-Start to support families across the UK this year. Over 80 volunteers and 10 trustees regularly give their time in Camden alone each year.
Liz was nominated for the award by staff at Home-Start Camden for helping the charity raise £1, 710,418. Cathy Carpenter, manager, said, “Liz has kept Home-Start Camden going since 2009 when the scheme lost its local authority funding. Her dynamic leadership skills were spotted soon after she trained as a home-visiting volunteer, so we encouraged her to become a trustee in April 2008 and later co-chair.
“When Liz heard that Camden families could be left without the charity’s services, she rolled up her sleeves. Her highly exacting mind and precise attention to detail has been a powerfully successful tool in helping us secure a range of grants so we can keep helping parents and children in the borough.
“As lead trustee for fundraising, Liz developed Home-Start Camden’s fundraising strategy and writes funding applications with input from the manager and a few days of freelance fundraising expertise. Major grant-makers are: the Big Lottery (2009-2019), Henry Smith Charity (2009-2018), John Lyons Charity, Four Acre Trust, Camden Volunteering Fund, Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust, Tanza Trust and various one-year grants. We are hugely grateful as she is an invaluable and highly skilled volunteer fundraiser. Funders love her too as her contribution is of great value in demonstrating our work with families and volunteers.”
Liz has a background in educational publications editing at Channel 4. She was formerly a trustee for a breast cancer charity. She is a parent of two grown-up children and has recently become a grandmother for the first time. She said, “Thank you very much for this award. I am thrilled and proud that my fundraising work has enabled HSC to continue its valuable work over the last seven year without any cuts to its services. We have also raised considerable funds towards its work for the next two years.”
Home-Start Camden Manager, Cathy Carpenter collected the Home-Start Volunteer Fundraising Award on Liz’s behalf from Kirstie Allsopp and Alastair Stewart (see photo).
In a written message to all the winning volunteers, HRH Princess Alexandra said, “This occasion is a wonderful way to celebrate all that can be accomplished by working together with one common purpose – to help parents and children to cope and thrive as they face very difficult circumstances.
“I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you and, this evening, I extend my personal thanks to all Home-Start Volunteers for your compassion for families and children and for your gifts of time, energy and care.
“My special congratulations go to this year’s winners and runners up. Thank you for your selflessness and kindness and for the very great difference you make to families.”