We’re so excited to introduce our new Fundraising Manager, Laura Thompson-Harper, who joined the Findacure team this week! Find out more about Laura below:

 

What did you do before Findacure?

I have worked in charities for the last 10 years, my roles have always involved working in the day-to day running of charities and have included community development, project coordination, volunteer management and fundraising.

 

Why did you choose to join the Findacure team?

Empowering patient groups, supporting them to develop communities & treatment really inspired me as I began to learn more about the charity. When I saw that Findacure were looking for a Fundraising Manager – I felt that this would be an incredible opportunity and was really drawn to working in the area of Rare Diseases & with such an amazing team.

 

What do you want to achieve most at Findacure?

I would like to deliver a successful fundraising strategy that will allow us to raise our profile as a charity even further & gain sustainable fundraising support from a variety of sources. The funding will provide us with the ability, to not only deliver current support & projects but also allow us to develop future work to what is needed most by our patient groups & the rare disease community. 

 

What are your hobbies outside of work?

My hobbies outside work include raising & playing with my gorgeous little boy Ethan Blaise, who is 2.5yrs and the most beautiful thing I have ever made. Going to & working at festivals! I have moved a lot over the years so I spend a lot of my time visiting friends & family around the country in Manchester, Leeds, Brighton & abroad as much as possible! – I also enjoy yoga, reading & art! 

 

What’s your favourite book/film/TV show and why?

My favourite book is called “Wisdom of Whores” by Elizabeth Pisani. 

I have always had a real passion for public health & women’s health in particular. This book inspired by degree, my volunteer work in the areas of Sex Worker Services & HIV Prevention and was pretty much my reason for wanting to work in the charity sector! 

Amazing read – but not for the faint hearted!