Julia Rogerson's Interview Summary
Julia was born in 1950 and got involved with Willen in the mid-nineties. As she was already working she applied for a job with their bank system which meant sometimes she worked several days and then went a few months without a job. The jobs varied including reception or bus escorting. In 1997 she was offered the job of volunteer coordinator which was initially involved with the shops which she absolutely loved. She later became a fundraising administrator and then a community fundraiser managing the events, promotions and corporate fundraising.
The most memorable event was the first Midnight Moo. The Hospice needed an event which would raise a large sum of money and the first event raised a £100,000. The following year the event raised £225,000. Julia thinks that this event was very empowering for women. Julia had support from outside organisations to help her raise the vast sums needed to keep Willen going.
She retired in 2012 after twenty years but feels the Hospice has grown since she left in the services it is now able to offer to patients and family alike, such as holistic care and bereavement counselling.