Role: Charity Fundraiser

Reporting to: Chair of Trustees

Hours: Part time

Salary: Competitive

Location: Home based with flexible working hours



Hands of Hope is a newly registered charity operating in East Sussex and Kent. Our goal is to reconnect people with where their food comes from, teach them how to grow and cook healthy, nutritious food and use this process to ultimately reduce childhood obesity and loneliness levels.

Currently farming 4 acres of Soil Association accredited land in Peasmarsh where we have established a “market garden” we have now acquired a new site in Hawkhurst which will be developed as an innovative social enterprise centre, acting as the charities main base and facilitating not only the production of fruit and vegetables but including a Victorian glass house for growing, a cookery school and a therapy room. Hawkhurst will serve as a valuable education resource centre as well as supporting community projects, volunteer activities and local community events. 

Our intention is to create a local community “hub” – growing, cooking and educating local communities as well as running a number of community projects and initiatives from the site for the benefit of all. 

Our Mission:

To inspire children, families and adults to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives by increasing their access and knowledge of Healthy Food, Food Growing and Cooking.

Our Aims – TO:

  • Drive a societal shift towards healthy eating and active lifestyles, changing unhealthy attitudes to food and activity.
  • Provide programs that combine behaviour change, physical activity and nutrition.
  • Bring Life and Food into schools and playgrounds.
  • Improve current take up in school dinners across Hastings, Rother and West Kent.
  • Change behaviours that cause obesity.
  • Reduce social isolation and improve the nutrition and wellbeing of older people.
  • Use gardening as a natural way for people to meet, improving community cohesion.


Hands of Hope charity is seeking to appoint a Charity Fundraiser to join our small but expanding team. The primary focus of the role will be developing income from individuals, Trusts and Foundations, business/corporate donors and community events. The fundraiser will work closely with the General Manager and charity Trustees.

In order to deliver our mission, we have ambitious plans to increase our income from voluntary sources. You’ll be joining the team at a very exciting time, and will be able to use your exceptional written communication skills to produce high quality applications to a range of funders and sources. The role will mean that you will work on many aspects of fundraising.

You’ll be extremely organised with excellent attention to detail, and the ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience of securing high value grants from Trusts and Foundations. As we are a new charity, you will be skilled at managing multiple relationships, activities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment and enjoy working across a broad portfolio.

The job requires:

  • You will have knowledge of a wide range of fundraising techniques
  • Identify opportunities to raise unrestricted and restricted funds from trusts and foundations
  • Writing funding bids to secure funds for the MCT Hands of Hope and to maximise fundraising opportunities
  • Managing grant writing process including meeting deadlines, reporting, and tracking
  • Effective administration of fundraising research, data and finance
  • Help to foster new relationships with corporate and business donors
  • Identify high value donors and work with staff and Trustees to cultivate relationships
  • Assist the General Manager and Trustees in the development of community fundraising initiatives
  • Maintain our current donor database and ensure donor information is updated and maintained in accordance with our Data Protection Policy
  • Share a passion for Hands of Hope charitable aims

Experience and skills:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience and a proven track record in a fundraising role at any level
  • Experience of working with Big Lottery would be advantageous
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and relationship-building skills as well as the ability to influence and motivate supporters
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to meet often competing deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with others
  • Enjoy working collaboratively
  • Ability to work with attention to details and with accuracy
  • Ability to work on multiple projects/assignments as needed
  • Sensitivity to donors and their needs, with the ability to easily relate to others