Gavin Lamb is Major Donor and Corporate Fundraising Manager at Ormiston Families, the East of England’s leading family charity, supporting children, young people and families to manage the challenges they face and improve their life chances.
"We provide wide-ranging support for children and young people, from mental health services, help to bridge the gap between home and school, to support for imprisonment and much more.
Fundraising has always been a passion of mine, but I only became a 'professional fundraiser' 7 years ago when I joined the St Elizabeth Hospice, after a career in the hospitality sector. I was fortunate enough to have some great mentors around me to assist me in developing the corporate offering. I was really pleased to get the opportunity to deliver another real passion of mine: events!
One day my then Head of Fundraising said to me “Gavin, do you think instead of sending a few riders to join a London to Paris trip, we could take over the whole trip and recruit 100 riders?” My heart skipped a beat but I confidently said, “yes of course we can”. I walked out of the room and almost passed out thinking, “Oh Gavin what have you have said you can do!?” But from that moment on I’ve been hooked. I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by some amazing teams of fundraisers and have continued to learn along the way delivering events such as the Midnight Walk.
The time came for me to move on to another charity where my role has continued to develop and grow. The real joy of being a fundraiser is that every day is different. I feel as though I am one of the lucky ones, where you can go to work every day and truly enjoy your work (well, most days). From building relationships with local individuals to businesses and communities across the East of England to putting on events from walks to lectures with the likes of Cressida Dick to delivering the sobering message to a local church group. The sad part of the job is that even in this day and age; the need for support is still there, possibly even more so than ever. However, because of this, and the synergies between my own life and upbringing it drives my desire to try and make a difference to young lives and families that otherwise can be overlooked.
If I could ever pass on any words of wisdom it would be this:
Be honest, keep going and remember…. if you don’t ask, you don’t get!
Regardless of whether you are a proven expert or if you are new to fundraising; some days you may find yourself struggling, when this happens, just remind yourself why we do what we do."