Kate McKie joined the RAF Benevolent Fund in March as our Regional Fundraiser for Scotland, Northern Ireland and North East England. In this guest blog, Kate tells us more about her role and what her first few months at the charity have been like.
I have worked in fundraising since 2010 with roles at Barnardo's and Diabetes UK before I made the move to the RAF Benevolent Fund earlier this year which has been a really exciting challenge. I really enjoy my role as it has lots of variety.
One day I could be putting together boxes with resources to send out to our fabulous volunteers and the next day I might be visiting our supporters and helping them with their fundraising. So far I've visited RAF Lossiemouth, RAF Leuchars and RAF Boulmer.
I am regularly humbled by the efforts of our supporters and the things they will do to raise money for us – from coordinating merchandise stands to taking part in a 24-hour squash tournament. The support is just phenomenal and it's what keeps me coming into work and doing my bit every day!
What I've really liked so far about my role are the great people that I've met. Also, sitting in a Tornado has definitely been a highlight!
There are lots of activities that are coming up. The summer period is always the busiest and I'm currently putting together plans for our attendance at some upcoming air shows.
By Kate McKie