Fundraising team

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

Laura Betts

Head of Fundraising

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 is currently studying for a Certificate in Fundraising with the aim of going on to do a Diploma in 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.”

Rebecca Levesley

Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Lead

Rebecca began working at LOROS in April 2016 as the Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Lead. She is currently on maternity leave until Spring 2018 - please contact Clare Harwood in her absence.

Rebecca was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Politics in 2014 and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising. With a background working within hospices and community-based charities, Rebecca has experience of working in partnership with funders, both locally and nationally.

Rebecca said: “LOROS is such a supportive and forward thinking charity, every day is different! I love nothing more than collaborating with donors to achieve their philanthropic goals so that we can ensure our great charity is here for local people now and in the future. I am passionate about everything LOROS stands for and it is a privilege to be part of such a professional and caring team.”

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!"

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."

Faron Bloomfield

Events Co-ordinator (Challenges)

Faron joined the LOROS team as a Fundraising Co-ordinator in April 2018 exactly a year after moving to Leicestershire. He grew up in Essex and studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent.

Faron has a passion for most sports but most of all cycling, football and rugby, as well as recently taking up hockey.

Faron said: "I’m so proud to be working for such a fantastic organisation as LOROS and getting the chance to use my love of sports to help raise as much money as possible for such an excellent charity."

Charlotte Dayman

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!”

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".

Clare Harwood

Trusts and Foundations and Legacies Co-ordinator

Clare joined the Fundraising Team in September 2015 after many years working in bookshops.

She spent two years focussing on Community Fundraising, attending many afternoon teas and music concerts, before being offered a secondment post with the Trusts and Foundations team.

Clare said: I love being a part of the Fundraising team. They are passionate and dedicated individuals who really care about their work and the contribution they make to the Hospice.

I'm thrilled to be able to learn about another aspect of fundraising, hear about projects happening within other teams and find out how trusts and foundations can support the Hospice's development.

It's a very exciting time to be a part of LOROS!

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."

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."