Rebecca Hadaway, 23, is a Fundraising Officer for The Prince’s Countryside Fund where she builds valuable relationships to further the charities work.
During my undergraduate degree in Geography, I learnt about some of the challenges facing rural communities, both within the UK, and across the globe.
It became quite apparent to me that more work is needed to try and protect these fragile, yet vital, landscapes. I was drawn to The Prince’s Countryside Fund both because of their willingness to help bottom-up, by supporting those in need on the ground; and through their connections with farming organisations and non-governmental bodies across the UK to help top-down.
One of the best things about my job is that every day is different – meaning it is really hard to get bored! For example, in January and February, I have been to Devon, the North Pennines, Leeds, the Cotswolds, Preston and Hertfordshire.
In a nutshell, my role is all about looking after our portfolio of corporate partners. The generous contributions of our corporate supporters make up a significant percentage of the Charity’s income, which means they need to be well looked after.
In an average week, I may visit a couple of our current corporate partners (based all over the country) to discuss our sponsorship, and potential ways we can continue to work together in the future.
I may also meet with a prospective corporate partner, which will involve explaining the Fund and what we do, as well as discussing ways of partnering.
Aside from this, I will be in the office creating proposals of how we can work with new partners, drafting contracts and sponsorship agreements, and writing letters.
With several of our partners we run bespoke activations and projects. Some of my time is therefore spent looking after these programmes; such as by drafting an application form, terms and conditions, eligibility criteria and looking after applications.
I also get involved with events we run with our partners, which have taken me to some exciting places.
I have been surprised by the amount of people I have met in different corporations in quite a short space of time.
I think you need to enjoy building good relationships with people, have strong communication and lots of enthusiasm.
After university, I spent six months backpacking around South America. I would say my biggest achievement was learning enough Spanish to get by (although I have since forgotten most of it!) and immersing myself into new cultures – quite a daunting prospect.
Achieving a first class degree at university. I worked very hard to get it and I’m really proud of myself that the work payed off.
Agriculture needs young, fresh-minded people coming into an ever-changing industry which is facing new challenges.
Fundamentally, agriculture underpins all of the food we eat and land we use, and as our population continues to grow, it will be essential to find new, innovative, environmentally-friendly ways to farm.
Probably organisation skills, I am a hyper-organised person
I’d like to develop in my role and have a clear line of career progression. At some point, I’d also like two Border Collies.
Eating meat is killing the planet!!
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