Fundraising team

To contact a member of our fundraising team, you can either call (0116) 2318431/2 or send an email.

Laura Betts

Fundraising Manager

Laura began working at LOROS in July 2012 as a fundraising coordinator and since then has occupied the position of Partnership Development Executive and Events Lead, before being appointed Fundraising Manager in September 2017.

Laura was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Media Production & Technology from the University of Central Lancashire in 2010 and has recently become a member of the Institute of Fundraising; she recently studied for and achieved a Certificate in Fundraising through the Institute of Fundraising.

Laura said: “In my role at LOROS I am able to realise so many of my career aspirations. The role provides me with exciting challenges, constant variation and above all satisfaction and fulfilment. I love what I do and everything LOROS stands for.”

Andrew Ward

Events Lead

Andrew joined the LOROS Fundraising Team as a Fundraising Co-ordinator in September 2015, focusing on challenge events including the Tower Run and Into The Wild, amongst others.

Andrew has a background in Sales and Marketing and can speak fluent French and German, having previously worked in various roles across Europe. In 2012, Andrew was awarded a post-graduate diploma in International Growth from the Michael Smurfit Business School in Dublin.

Andrew said: “It's such a pleasure to be part of such an amazing team and contribute to the work of the Hospice. We have such a wide range of events from challenges, through to lunches, dinners, and corporate days, not to mention some really exciting campaigns. If you haven't attended, volunteered, or taken part in one of our events before then I highly recommend it!"

Clare Harwood

Trusts and Grants Officer

Clare started at LOROS in 2015 and after a number of fundraising roles and a brief move to a national charity, she now manages LOROS’ Trusts portfolio.

In her time at LOROS Clare has found her passion for Trust fundraising, achieved her ambition to write for a living and been pelted with blue powder paint by a colleague.

Clare said: “LOROS is the most fantastic charity and I am so proud to work here. Everything we do is centred around patient care and my role allows me to get a real insight into the difference that LOROS makes to people’s lives. The Fundraising Team is packed with dedicated and creative people, and I feel lucky to be a part of that.”

Debbie Dickman

Supporter Engagement Co-ordinator

Debbie started working for LOROS as a volunteer receptionist at the Hospice in 2008 before joining the Fundraising team in 2010. She previously worked as an importer and exporter for a large point of sales company.
Debbie works alongside Emma, Bruce and Emma as part of the Supporter Engagement Team and her role sees her looking after groups and teams fundraising within the community as well as working on various fundraising campaigns. Debbie said: “I really enjoy working for LOROS and seeing the difference the Hospice makes for patients and their families. Working alongside our fantastic community supporters and our wonderful volunteers on a variety of amazing and creative fundraising ideas makes my role a real pleasure. We are all part of a dedicated team raising vital funds for LOROS. I feel very privileged to be working with such a well-loved local charity."

Charlotte Graham

Events Co-ordinator

Charlotte joined LOROS in August 2018 and is delighted to be part of the Fundraising Events team. Charlotte has always worked in Events, organising various Conferences & Events and Weddings within many well-known venues across Leicestershire.

Charlotte said: “I am so proud to have been given the opportunity to work within the Fundraising Events team here at LOROS and to contribute to the work of the hospice. There are so many amazing events in the pipeline that I can’t wait to be a part of!”

Emma Jones

Supporter Engagement Co-ordinator

Emma began working for LOROS in October 2018 as a Community Fundraising Co-ordinator, working with our supporters and alongside Debbie with the community events.

Graduating with an Events Degree, employment continued in the events industry working for a corporate company arranging business events and for automotive clients. Before joining LOROS Emma spent 4 years organising events and conferences at a hotel, with all of these roles having many transferable skills to her role here at the Hospice.

Emma said: "I enjoy fundraising in my spare time so combining events and fundraising for my job is a dream! LOROS is such a special place, every day is different and I enjoy meeting and working with our enthusiastic volunteers and supporters."

Alison Pettit

Events Administrator

Alison joined the LOROS Fundraising Team in July 2017.

Alison has had a connection to LOROS for many years having family and friends cared for at the Hospice. She was previously a volunteer in the fundraising office and also as a Lottery subscription collector.

Alison said: "I have worked in many admin roles during my career and this one is definitely the most exciting yet!

“I’m so proud to work for LOROS, it’s such an amazing charity to be part of. I love working with such an enthusiastic and passionate team - it really is my ideal job!

Bruce Smith

Supporter Engagement Co-ordinator

Bruce is new to the LOROS fundraising team having joined us in 2019.

He left university as a Bachelor of Science having gained his degree in sports and exercise science. After a short time coaching football in schools, Bruce moved into specialist education; and had spent the last 7 years managing a charity provision that provides bespoke education packages for young people with Autism and/or learning disabilities.

Bruce’s motto is if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing well and he said: "LOROS is somewhere that is particularly close to my heart on a personal level and it will be an honour to contribute to the team and continue the amazing work the hospice does".

Lisa Wilson

Fundraising Events Co-ordinator

Lisa joined the LOROS Fundraising Team in 2019 as a Fundraising Events Co-ordinator, focusing on delivering large scale fundraising events for the Hospice.

Graduating with a first-class BA degree in Fashion and Textile Management, Lisa has spent the last six years working in fashion buying. Lisa has come from a creative, fast-paced environment where she managed multiple product launches a season. Determined to pursue a career where she could help make a difference, Lisa decided to swap fashion for fundraising events and hasn’t looked back since.

Lisa said: "I’m really proud to work for LOROS, it’s an honour to use my skills and passions to help such an amazing charity. Seeing the difference the hospice makes to the patients and their families makes my job really fulfilling."

Emma Baxter

Supporter Engagement Co-ordinator (Young People)

Emma began working at LOROS in February 2021 in the role of Supporter Engagement Coordinator (Young People) focusing initially on the Rocket Round Leicester Learning Programme.

Before joining LOROS, Emma has worked in various Creative Arts education charities and museums as well as an early years specialist running her own business.

Emma said “I’m so pleased to have joined the team at LOROS - such a special charity that delivers excellent patient care and services. I am looking forward to developing the youth fundraising and helping to raise awareness of LOROS to our next generation of supporters.”