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ENF appoints Haven Appeal community fund-raiser

Released: 04/06/2018

The Elsie Normington Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of a full-time community fund-raiser for the Haven Appeal, which aims to raise £4 million for Scotland’s first integrated centre for children and young people with complex and severe special needs at Murray Road, Smithton, Inverness.

Elizabeth Simpson has experience in a number of marketing roles and fully understands the aims of the appeal as her youngest sister, Dawn (15) has complex special needs and attends Drummond School, Inverness.

Elizabeth, who is married with two young children joins ENF after returning to work from maternity leave.

She graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh in 2007, having studied e-Business. Since graduating, Elizabeth has worked in a number of marketing roles in various organisations in the local area, including an arts development agency, a business start-up selling bespoke carbon fibre wheelchairs, and an industrial supplies company. Elizabeth has also studied with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Elizabeth said: “‘I am really looking forward to working with ENF on The Haven Appeal. To provide Scotland’s first integrated centre for children and young people in the greatest need is an ambitious goal but one that I am sure we can deliver.

“The backing from the community is hugely encouraging. My job is to tap into the goodwill, spread the word and encourage as many individuals and groups to support the appeal.”

Elizabeth’s sister, Dawn, has complex special needs and is a pupil at Drummond School.

She said: “I fully understand the need for the services that The Haven will provide. There is a very clear lack of services for children and young people with complex needs and learning difficulties in the local area - and the services that do currently exist are normally full to capacity and operate waiting lists. The Haven will help fill that gap in service provision; and it’s not just children and young people that will benefit - their families and carers will too; along with the local community who will benefit from the community cafe.”

Elizabeth believes the fundraising team have done a fantastic job so far.

She added: “I am excited to take on the challenge of driving that work forward. I’ve only been in the post a month so far, and already we have come up with some fantastic ideas such a golf event and a black tie fundraiser. I’ll also be able to take forward some of the ideas that the fundraising team have come up with in the past but have been unable to progress due to time constraints - so it will be great to see these ideas come to fruition and raise funds for the Appeal.’

Elizabeth lives near Inverness with her husband Brian and their 2 young children, Abigail aged 4 and Callum,10 months. In her spare time she likes to cook and bake. She also enjoys attending music gigs and festivals, as well as spending time with her family.

Andy Grzesinski, Haven Appeal Chairman, is delighted to have secured the services of Elizabeth, who will devote 30 hours per week to the job.

He said: “This is a key appointment for the Appeal in our quest for much-needed funds. Elizabeth has a great range of skills and understanding of what we are trying to achieve. We are delighted to have her as an important part of the team.”

The Appeal currently stands at £1 million.

Any individual or group raising £200 or more joins the Haven 200 Club – so named to mark the 200th anniversary of the Inverness Courier, who have adopted the Haven Appeal as their legacy charity.