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.”

Adrian Walker

Senior Fundraiser & Community Lead

Adrian joined the LOROS Fundraising team in 1998 and has been involved in all aspects of fundraising throughout his 19 years with the charity.

As Senior Fundraiser, he fundraises with community groups and individuals. He also gives talks on LOROS. His many other activities include leading groups on long-distance LOROS treks, such as the popular 192 mile Coast to Coast Walk.

Adrian previously worked in finance as a Building Society manager in Leicester. He was a former Round Tabler and has more recently joined Rotary. He played a key role in organising the 2016 National Association of Hospice Fundraisers’ Conference in Leicester and he’s currently studying for the Institute of Fundraising Certificate in Fundraising.

Adrian said: “It’s a real honour working for LOROS, helping people and making a difference”.

Rachel Hill

Individual Giving Lead

Rachel joined LOROS in 2013, as a Fundraiser with a focus on Schools, Colleges and Universities. In 2015 she took on the position of Individual Giving Lead, with an emphasis on Legacies and In Memory Giving.

Rachel is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and has a background in events, hospitality and communications. She qualified with a BA (Hons) in Hospitality Business Management in Leeds. She previously worked as a Senior Project Manager for an event agency for over 11 years.

Rachel said: "I really enjoy working with such a dedicated team which has so much passion for such a fantastic charity.”

Magdalena Korytkowska

Partnership Development Lead

Magda joined LOROS in 2013. Having qualified with a first class BSc in Social and Cultural Animation, she went on to gain a first class MSc in Educational Planning and a first class MSc in Applied Sociology with Public Relations.

She spent four years in the marketing industry, providing strategies and advice for many high profile campaigns and has eight years experience in organising and co-ordinating events of various sizes. She is now engaged in building mutually beneficial partnerships between corporate supporters and LOROS.

Magda said: “My motto has always been 'Don't just do it - do it with passion and pride!'  The true meaning of this was never more apparent than when I started working for LOROS.  It is a privilege to work alongside so many amazing, skilled and passionate people who really do make a difference! I am proud to represent LOROS.”

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.”

Bernadette Fenn

Community Co-ordinator

Bernadette started with LOROS in 1989 as a higher clerical officer. In 2009 she joined the Fundraising team and took on the role as the CCU-Coordinator i.e. the donation boxes. In addition she has recently taken on the role as the co-ordinator of bag packing events at local supermarkets.

Bernadette said: “I couldn’t do my job without the help and support of all my willing volunteers who work so hard to make a great team”. 

Abigail Battisto

Partnership Development Co-ordinator

Originally from the most easterly point in Britain, Lowestoft, Abi relocated to Leicester in 2013 to complete her BA Honours in Arts and Festivals Management at De Montfort University.

She enjoys sports and was elected chairperson of the DMU Women’s Football team for 2 years, doing lots of volunteering and raising funds for charities with the team along the way.

Abi has worked with various local charities such as The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust and hopes she can bring a fresh pair of eyes and lots of new ideas to the Fundraising team.

Abi said: “When I came to LOROS for the interview I was instantly engrossed. I never fully understood what a special place LOROS is and what an impact it has on the local community.

"The fact I get to work here and contribute to its success is something I know I will treasure forever."

Debbie Dickman

Community 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 the fundraisers on various events as well as supporting Adrian Walker with community events.

Debbie said: “I really enjoy working for LOROS and seeing the difference the Hospice makes for patients and their families".

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 Conference & 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!”

Abigail Jarrom

Events Co-ordinator

Abi began working for LOROS as a volunteer at our By Design shop in 2010.

In 2012 she accepted the role of Shop Manager where she worked closely with volunteers and the Enterprises team to generate funds for the hospice.

Abi is delighted to be joining the fundraising team on a secondment basis, taking on the role of Fundraising Co-ordinator for Community events.

Abi said: "I'm delighted and immensely proud to work for LOROS and very excited about my new role within the fundraising team. I'm looking forward to helping and supporting people in the local community, who so kindly organise fundraising events for the Hospice."

Emma Priest

Community Co-ordinator

Emma began working for LOROS in October 2018 as a Community Fundraising Co-ordinator, working with our supporters and alongside Debbie and Adrian 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!

Sue Swann

Fundraising Administrator

Sue has a long history with LOROS; her father was a volunteer here for 25+ years.

In October 2014, after being made redundant, Sue started volunteering in the Fundraising Department and when a job was advertised, she jumped at the chance to apply and was successful. She began work with LOROS in February 2015.

Sue said: "As well as other admin duties, my main role is to accept donations and send out acknowledgement letters. This is a vital role as it is important that we show our appreciation to everyone. I also love meeting all the people who bring their donations into the Hospice in person.

"When I tell people where I work I feel proud - LOROS is a very special place."