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Testimonials.

The Trust needed an independent and experienced consultant to undertake an important piece of work on our behalf.  Valentine did an excellent job. He went about the feasibility study in a thoroughly professional manner and produced a report that informed the executive across a range of decisions with regard to our charity fundraising potential.

Deborah Lee, Director of Corporate Development UHB NHS TRUST

Valentine's major appeal and general fundraising experience has been invaluable in supporting both Poole Hospital Charity, the NHS Trust and the Fundraising Team. His collaborative approach to setting up a fundraising campaign helped us to understand and engage more closely with the fundraising process in order to ensure the appeal and its aims are integrated with the trust's strategic direction. Valentine's has helped us to assess our fundraising potential and our long-term structure and plans.

Carl Smith, Poole Hospital Charity

We are delighted with the progress made by our new Head of Major Donors - and in such a short space of time.  Valentine’s training is based around a clear and structured ladder of development so senior staff were able to see a real step change in her knowledge and her approach to what is a critical role in our fundraising team. 

 

Andrew Monk, Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Above & Beyond Charities

I have to say that Valentine is a brilliant tutor.  His knowledge and ability to understand everyone’s individual projects is second to none.  One of the main things everyone commented on is the relaxed atmosphere he brings and his encouragement to get everyone sharing their experiences and helping each other.  We’ve go so carried away we’re thinking we might like to hold a heritage conference in a couple of years time!

Mrs Nicki Ginn, Project Manager Blindfold Town Council

"Go Travel Solutions continues to develop its reputation as a leading, ethically driven,  UK sustainable travel consultancy and by commissioning Valentine to undertake strategic research into potential business models, we are building a solid evidence base on which to develop our growth strategy. He worked quickly and efficiently during the project and provided the background information we needed to help us make an informed decision. By going the extra mile Valentine has significantly helped Go Travel Solutions in the development of an exciting new market offering "​

Cliff Jones, Director, Go Travel Solutions

Valentine was one of two fundraising advisors we commissioned to help develop our capital appeal fundraising strategy to support a successful £1.4 million heritage lottery bid, draft six-figure bids to major grant making trusts and foundations and to manage and steer our capital appeal fundraising committee.  His experience of capital appeals was extremely useful as was his local knowledge and good relationships with a number of key local supporters.

Caroline Kay, CEO Bath Preservation Trust

VMFC delivered a thoroughly professional conference on 'Health and Well-Being in the Work Place', which was attended by leading academics, healthcare officials and senior representatives from such blue chip companies as BT, Rolls Royce, Cadburys and the Ministry of Defence

Dr. David Wainwright, University of Bath

At a time the fundraising department was very short staff Valentine assisted in recruiting senior key posts. His insightful questions and strong all round knowledge of our needs helped us pick the right candidates.  Six months on we could not have chosen a better team - the new structure is really working and we are already seeing an increase in fundraising income

Tami Macmahon, Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Penny Brohn Cancer Care

Valentine was able to take a range of literature and supporting materials and create a cohesive and compelling funding case for support, which helped unlock thousands of pounds of support 

Eventus

Valentine managed and delivered an important piece of work for Bristol Old Vic Theatre to an extremely tight deadline and at all times was professional in his approach and a real pleasure to work with

Dick Penny Chief Executive, Bristol Old Vic

Valentine made the training fascinating and his real life examples really brought the theory to life.  He covers the main techniques involved in major donor fundraising but also ensures the smaller but no less critical elements are in place, even his insistency in getting the database systems right was invaluable.   I was a little daunted at first when I saw the areas we would be working on but Valentine made every stage clear and ensured I was able to turn theory into real working systems at my charity.  With his help, I have already started developing my networks and solicitation plans.

Mia Maniraj, Head of Major Gifts and Trust Fundraising UHBT

Valentine set up our external fundraising committee and was able to develop a real momentum for the major appeal, which has left the theatre's fundraising capacity stronger than ever before

Danny Moar, CEO Theatre Royal Bath

Valentine was a great help to us when we first set out. He helped prepare our business plan and fundraising strategy as well as managing the recruitment of our first Development Director.  He was professional in his approach at all times and a pleasure to work with

Ian Travers-Smith, Founder and Trustee, Integrated Health Trust

Valentine’s work has proved hugely effective for us. The methods and approach he brought from the charity sector, particularly around stewardship and relationship management, have had a considerable influence on the way maintain and strengthen our relationships with investors

Simon Petherick, CEO Beautiful Books

Valentine's work on our Ambassador Programme helped to bring the trustees and key supporters closer to the charity and gave clarity to the new fundraising initiative.  They were involved in developing the materials and their input and feedback helped us produce a fundraising idea that everyone can go out and promote.  What was also really great is we signed up 5 Ambassadors along the way!

Tami Macmahon, Director of Fundraising & Marketing, Penny Brohn Cancer Care

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