Vacancy: Fundraising Manager, Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced fundraising professional with a growing and ambitious kidney health charity. The post holder will be responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive fundraising strategy, working across a variety of income streams including Trusts & Foundations, Individual Giving, Legacies, Corporate Partnerships and Community & Events. We are looking for an all-rounder with a minimum of three years’ experience in fundraising with the ability to think ahead and set clear direction.

Main Responsibilities

  • Create, own and lead an overarching Fundraising Strategy in the context of the 5 year Strategic Plan.
  • Maintain and grow existing and new relationships with individual donors, trusts, corporate donors, community groups and other funders, providing excellent supporter care across a range of fundraising streams.
  • Research fundraising opportunities, develop cases for support and write grant applications to charitable trusts.
  • Maximise regular giving income streams.
  • Develop a robust and sustainable calendar of digital and face-to-face fundraising events.
  • Develop legacy and “in memory” giving programmes.
  • Stimulate, encourage and support fundraising activities carried out by individuals and community organisations.
  • Identify opportunities to raise awareness of Paul Popham Fund including giving talks, attending local events, cheque presentations, conferences and networking events, working pro-actively with the media and acting as an ambassador for the charity.
  • Support the charities Fundraising Committee to achieve their annual target, helping them to create a fundraising plan in line with the fundraising strategy, organise events and ideas that will support their plan
  • Secure and record ‘gifts in kind’.
  • Implement and manage a new CRM database to record the profile and fundraising activity of donors.
  • Provide exemplary supporter care and cultivate a stewardship programme for higher value donors.
  • Develop and lead a fundraising volunteer strategy including development of a community volunteer team.
  • Actively manage the fundraising budgets and ensuring cost efficiencies and good ROI.
  • Develop, and ensure effective implementation and compliance with, operational and administrative Standard Operating Procedures and policies.
  • Ensure compliance with Health & Safety policies and procedures in line with Paul Popham Fund and statutory standards and rules, ensuring the safety of all persons and pets on and off site at all times.
  • Submit regular reports and attend Management Team and Trustees Board meetings as required with appropriate commentary and statistical information making appropriate recommendations.

Person Specification


  • Educated to secondary school level.
  • Full manual driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a fundraising role.

Demonstrable experience:

  • Achieving annual fundraising targets, maintaining an acceptable ROI and developing/managing budgets.
  • Generating funds from a range of supporters, including individuals, community groups, charitable trusts and local companies.
  • Applying PR and marketing techniques in a fundraising environment, with a strong focus on digital channels.
  • Building and managing successful working relationships across a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Working with a CRM database.
  • Managing volunteers.
  • Delivering high standards of donor care.


  • Relevant degree level qualification or equivalent.
  • Demonstrable experience
  • Working or volunteering for a kidney health organisation.
  • A wide contact base.
  • Developing legacy and “in memory” giving programmes


  • Proven ability to create, develop and implement a successful fundraising strategy and plan.
  • Proven ability to develop excellent relationships with funders and donors.
  • A good understanding of fundraising standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Excellent communication skills across all levels, both written and verbal including presentation skills.
  • Strong and effective networking skills across various environments to explore potential fundraising opportunities and generate new business.
  • Good IT skills with a knowledge of Microsoft packages and ability to manage Paul Popham Fund’s CRM systems and databases.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues.
  • A strong customer service focus.
  • A professional empathy with the Paul Popham Fund Vision, Mission and Values.

Work-related attributes:

  • A self-starter, highly motivated and organised.
  • Professional, proactive, positive and enthusiastic, with a strong work ethic and “can do” attitude.
  • Capable of handling stressful situations while maintaining a positive demeanour.
  • Able to exhibit excellent discretion and adhere to professional standards and confidentiality.
  • Ability to work across different departments to ensure a fully joined-up approach.
  • Committed to delivering high standards of customer service and be a genuine team player.
  • Confident and able to work with little direction but understand the limits of your delegated authority.
  • Reference ID: Fundraising Manager

Application deadline: 15th October 2020

Applications are invited via CV to

Reference ID: PPFFM20

Part-time hours: 37.5 per week

Expected start date: 01/11/2020

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Permanent

Salary: £20,000.00-£25,000.00 per year

COVID-19 considerations:

Working from home, hand sanitiser at the office, desk space 2metres apart



Design a Christmas Card Competition

Yes, It’s that time of year again!

We’re running our annual ‘Design a Christmas Card’ competition. Get involved and you could win £20 as well as the excitement of seeing your design in print and knowing you’re helping to raise much-needed funds for our charity.

How to enter

You can produce your design in any way you wish – it could be a drawing, painting, collage or a photograph.

Your design should preferably fit into a square shape on an A4 sheet to ensure it looks the same when reproduced.

Send your design by email to or post to Christmas Card Competition, Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales, 11 Tawe Business Village, Enterprise Park, Swansea SA7 9LA – Please include your name, contact details and your design.

We will accept the following file types: PDF, JPEG, TIFF, EPS. Please ensure that it is high resolution (300dpi) at actual size to ensure good quality print.

The closing date for entries is Friday 2nd October 2020, 5pm

Competition Rules

By entering the competition, entrants are giving Paul Popham Fund the right to use their design, copyright free.

There are 3 prizes available of £20 and a pack of 10 cards printed with their winning design.

By entering the competition, the prize winner gives their agreement to publicity about their win (or if under 16 this needs to be given by parent / guardian).

Participants must be based in the UK. Prizes will only be sent to a UK mainland address.

One entry per person.

The 3 winners will be chosen by a judging panel of 3 people made up of previous winners.

The Judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Winners will be contacted via email or post. The winners’ names will be displayed on our website and on card incorporating their design.

Paul Popham Fund is compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998 and will not pass entrants’ details to a third party.


Returning to School Guidance – Post Shielding

Returning to school

From Monday 14th September school attendance became compulsory for all learners, including those that were previously shielding.

The Welsh Government’s view is that it would not be appropriate for a local authority/school to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) or commence proceedings for non-attendance at the school. The Welsh Government will monitor the situation over the first half term before reviewing its position.

If a learner is unable to attend the physical setting of the school for any reason it is vital the school continues to engage regularly with the learner remotely. Learning guidance is available to support schools in doing so.

Schools are asked to consider introducing staggered starts or adjusting start and finish times to keep groups of learners apart as they arrive at and leave school and to enable more journeys to take place outside of peak hours. This option will be more feasible in some circumstances than others.

There are no limits set on the number of children per classroom. However, contact between learners, learners and staff, and between staff will be reduced depending on the school’s circumstances and should include:

  • Grouping learners together
  • Avoiding contact between separate groups as much as possible
  • Arranging classrooms with forward facing desks, recognising this may not be possible or appropriate in all schools/settings
  • Staff maintaining distance from learners and other staff as much as possible.

The time learners spend outdoors should be maximised. This has important physical, mental and educational benefits and helps combat transmission of COVID-19.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required to be worn by all people over 11 years old in all indoor public places, such as shops, cinemas and museums.

Schools are not considered public places, and therefore the decision about whether to require face coverings in secondary schools will be made at a local authority level.

However, pupils or staff can wear face coverings should they wish to do so.

Protective Measures

This is the set of actions schools must take, wherever possible:

  • Minimise contact between all individuals wherever possible. For younger learners the emphasis will be on forming groups of learners and ensuring separation of those groups, and for older learners it will be on social/physical distancing.
  • Staff responsible for younger learners should remain with set groups rather than interchange between different/a number of groups. All staff should adhere to the social/physical distancing measures as far as possible with younger learners, but should adhere to those measures in their interactions with older learners, other staff members and visitors to the school.
  • Ensuring staff, learners and parents/carers fully understand that any staff member or learner who has possible symptoms of COVID-19 must not attend the school setting but must remain home and self-isolate, arrange a COVID-19 test and notify the school of this.
  • Additionally, any family/household member of any member of staff member or learner who displays possible symptoms of COVID-19 then the staff member or learner must not attend the school setting but must remain at home and commence a period of household isolation. Again, the school should be notified of this.
  • Where a staff member or learner becomes unwell at the school setting with possible symptoms of COVID-19 they should be sent home immediately where they should self-isolate and arrange a COVID-19 test. Until they leave the school setting (in the case of a learner waiting to be collected by a parent/carer) their contact with all other individuals at the setting should be minimised. If possible ensure they remain in a separate room until they are able to leave the setting.
  • Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual.
  • Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  • Ensure enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and disinfectants.
  • Where necessary, in specific circumstances (such as contact with a suspected casein school) staff should wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Where possible ensure appropriate ventilation.


Anyone with the following symptoms can request a test –

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • loss of or change to sense of smell or taste

All members of the household or extended household of anyone displaying symptoms MUST self-isolate until the result is received.

If test is negative – you can return to school after providing evidence of a negative test result to the school.

If test is positive – All members of the household must isolate for 14 days (10 days for the person tested).

You will be contacted by the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service. The contact tracer will ask for details of your recent close contacts, they will explain what this means and help you through the process.

If anyone else in the household becomes unwell during the 14-day period, they should arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19.

If their test result is positive, they must follow the same advice for people with COVID-19 symptoms, that is, after 10 days of their symptoms starting, if they feel better and no longer have symptoms other than cough or loss of or change to sense of smell or taste – they can also return to their normal routine. However, if their test result is negative, they must continue with isolation as part of the household for the full 14 days.

If anyone becomes unwell after the 14 day period, the whole self-isolation process must begin again for the whole household not just the family member displaying symptoms.

If you are identified as a confirmed contact of someone else, you are at increased risk of catching the disease and passing it on to others. The contact tracer will get in touch and ask you to self-isolate for 14 days.

Illness in school

Where a staff member or learner becomes unwell at the school setting with possible symptoms of COVID-19, they should be sent home immediately where they should self-isolate and arrange a COVID-19 test. Until they leave the school setting (in the case of a learner waiting to be collected by a parent/carer) their contact with all other individuals at the setting should be minimised. If possible ensure they remain in a separate room until they are able to leave the setting.

Surfaces that learners or staff with symptoms have come into contact with should be carefully and thoroughly cleaned.

Positive cases in schools

If there is a single positive COVID-19 case amongst pupils and/or staff then the local contact tracing process will be initiated to minimise the spread of the virus. A positive test on site does not require closure of that site.

If two or more cases of COVID-19 in a single school setting are identified within 14 days, rapid response support will initially be provided by the regional Test, Trace, Protect team who will gather information about the outbreak.

An urgent incident meeting led by an Incident Management Team (IMT) is likely to be put in place to manage the outbreak and support the school/setting. Key individuals will investigate and manage the situation, and consider what adjustments and actions, such as isolation and wider testing should be considered. Testing of a wider group will depend on the risk analysis and the associated safety measures put in place within the individual environment.

Separate to this, testing will be undertaken by the local health board for everybody in the ‘bubbles’ (small, consistent group of no more than 8) that have been effected by the outbreak. Everyone in the school will be tested if it has been established that Welsh Government guidelines for schools has not been followed. This will be rapidly made available by the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect service in partnership with Local Health Boards to support all outbreaks in schools/setting. This might be through the deployment of Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) or temporary testing satellites and drop-off and collection routes.

An incident will be declared over when there has been 28 days since the onset of the last confirmed case in the school/setting and the results of any possible cases in learners or staff in that time have tested negative.

Contingency planning 

Although the intention is for all learners to return to school in September, every school will also need to plan for the possibility of a further local lockdown.

Given the uncertainty over future transmission levels, for the foreseeable future, it is essential that we prepare for a range of possible circumstances.

Welsh Government will work closely to monitor health conditions working closely with Public Health Wales and local authorities, in particular in the case of potential localised outbreaks.

Source – Welsh Government (2nd September 2020), ‘Operational guidance for schools and settings from the autumn term (version 3)’. Available at:


Organ Donation Week – make your wishes clear

This week is Organ Donation Week (7th – 13th September 2020), and we are all being encouraged to start a conversation with our loved ones about our wishes regarding this sensitive subject.

Below, we have some of the things you might need to include in your conversation in order to make sure your wishes are met, along with some useful links.

We even have some tips on how to raise the subject, and how to discuss your decision with your family.

Why do you need to share your decision?

If you pass away in circumstances that mean organ donation may be possible, the doctors and nurses caring for you will discuss donation with your family as part of the end of life care discussion.

The medical team will look at the NHS Organ Donor Register to see if you recorded a donation decision before discussing it with your family.

Letting your loved ones know your organ donation decision will help them to make that decision at a difficult time.

They can also make sure any specific wishes you have in line with your beliefs are taken into consideration.

How to discuss your decision

It can be a difficult subject to bring up with your loved ones, but don’t leave your family guessing.

Help them to make this decision at what would undoubtedly be difficult time, by letting them know what you would like to happen in these circumstances.

3 tips to start a conversation

  1. Try using a newspaper, TV story or social media post you’ve seen.
  2. Explain how donating your organs and tissues will improve, or even save lives.
  3. Tell them how you arrived at the decision to donate your organs.

How to establish consent for organ donation

Organ donation can only go ahead with your consent and/or the support of your family.

If you pass away in circumstances in which organ donation is possible, NHS specialist nurses will try to establish what your wishes were, before discussing it with your family.

Your decision

The NHS Organ Donor Register is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A specialist nurse will check the register to see if you have recorded a decision. They will then talk to your family.

If you have not recorded an organ donation decision, the starting position for adults in England and Wales is that donation should go ahead.

Your family will always be asked for their support before organ donation goes ahead, and clinicians will never proceed if your family objects.

The support of your family

Organ donation will always be discussed with your family if donation is possible. A specialist nurse will work with your family to explore your last known decision and help your family to honour this.

The best way to make sure your decision is honoured is to register it on the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your family.

Your family will have the opportunity to provide any additional or more recent information about your decision, and this will always be respected.

If you have not recorded an organ donation decision, the specialist nurse will speak to your family about organ donation as a possibility.

Is carrying an organ donor card a form of consent?

Carrying an organ donor card is a valid form of consent but it is possible that your donor card might not always available to specialist nurses trying to establish your decision.

For this reason, we would always recommend that you register your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and share this decision with your family.

Can I change my mind?

Yes, you can change your mind at any time. If you have recorded an organ donation decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and want to update your details, change or reaffirm your decision, you can complete the Amend your details form or call 0300 123 23 23.


5-step personal risk assessment for ‘un-shielding’

Since the 16th of August, government advice has been that those who have previously followed shielding advice no longer need to do so, unless expressly advised otherwise by a medical professional.

Some transplant patients and those on the waiting list may have been advised to continue, so please clarify with your transplant team for advice regarding your specific circumstances.

It’s also worth remembering that, while the restrictions are being relaxed, all shielding patients’ details are kept on government records and they may be asked to shield again at some point in the future, on an individual basis.

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales has written to all people on the shielding list, advising that they can now follow the same rules as the rest of the population. Which is:

  • You no longer need to stay 2 metres or 3 steps away from people you live with or who are part of your extended household.
  • You can now go to work, if you cannot work from home, as long as the business is COVID secure (has taken reasonable measures to minimise risk to employees);
  • Children who have been shielding can return to school when schools re-start.
  • You can now go out for any reason, including going to shops to buy food, but you should stay 2 metres or 3 steps from other people.

Whilst this news is a welcome relief for some, it will also be a source of concern for others. It is normal for all, regardless of whether you have been shielding or not, to feel concerned even anxious about returning to the world after lockdown.

The Welsh Government state the key things to remember are:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Stay 2 metres or 3 steps away from people you do not live with or are not part of the one other household your family may be joined with (also known as an extended household).
  • Eat healthily and take regular exercise.
  • Remember to take any medication your doctor has told you to take.
  • Get your free NHS jabs to protect you from other diseases such as measles (you can speak to your doctor about this).
  • Get your free NHS annual flu jab when it becomes available in the autumn (you can speak to your doctor about this).

This is great advice, but what about getting out and about? How do I enter out into the world and keep myself, my child and my family safe?

The Paul Popham Fund suggest it is also worth breaking down the different factors and working out what you feel unsure about. Is it a trip to the supermarket, is it the time spent in the shop, or the drive? Could you walk instead? Could you have a socially distanced meeting with a friend to introduce a bit of familiarity? Ask: what would make this a bit more achievable?

With all this in mind, here at the Paul Popham Fund, we have come up with a 5-step personal risk assessment to help you and your family prepare for venturing back out into the world at large:

  1. IDENTIFY what the risks are to you. What do you consider a risk that you may face coming out of shielding. Going to the supermarket or back to school, going to a restaurant for a meal as a family, meeting friends, shopping for school clothes, doctor or hospital appointments.
  2. CONSIDER what could put you at risk. Carrying a shopping basket? Entering a restaurant and eating alongside others? Sitting at a desk in school that is not distributed, 2 metres apart?
  3. FIND OUT what measures are in place to keep you safe? Does the school, restaurant, supermarket have procedures in place to minimise risk?
  4. PLAN AHEAD – put a plan in place to keep you safe, your child and family safe. Know what you will do when you get to the restaurant or when your child goes back to school and try to follow it.
  5. REVIEW – once you have had your first experience, review what it was like and decide what you would do next time to keep you and everyone around you as safe as possible.

Try and think of all the situations you might find yourself in, so that you are well prepared for all eventualities – this should help reduce any anxiety you might feel.

Above all else, do only what you feel comfortable with in order to continue to keep you and your family safe. If you find yourself in an environment or set of circumstances that you feel may be unsafe, with increased risk, you should use your judgement and trust your instincts – don’t be afraid to tell people of your concerns.

The key message the Paul Popham Fund want to relay is that everyone should be un-shielding at your own pace and managing the process on an individual basis, and if you are really unsure seek advice.

If you have any worries concerning these issues, please contact our careline on 0800 038 8989 or email

Click on the below links to download the 5-step personal risk assessment as a PDF


Worried sick report and follow up survey

Back in May, a survey was launched to better understand the impact the coronavirus pandemic has been having on your lives. This meant we could focus our support on the issues that are most important to you, and ensure your concerns were raised at the highest level of the NHS and Government. More than 1,000 of you took the time to fill this in (thank you so much) and the findings can be downloaded by clicking here: Worried Sick report.

Now that the shielding programme has been paused, we would like to get your views on how you’ve felt throughout the pandemic and how this change will impact you. The results of our previous survey are already being used by kidney teams and policymakers and we hope that this one will have the same level of influence.

Click here to take part in the follow up survey:

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences

Kidney Patient Newsletter – Covid-19 Update – ISSUE 7

The seventh edition of our Newsletter – Covid-19 Update – is now ready to view. As usual, it’s been compiled by Kidney Care UK, Kidney Wales, Paul Popham Fund, the Welsh Clinical Renal Network – which oversees services for adult kidney patients in Wales, and the Wales Kidney Research Unit – an All-Wales strategy for the study of diagnosis, prevention, treatment and social context of kidney disease.
In this issue, we share information about your choices when it comes to switching treatments, renal multi-disciplinary teams, and the all Wales health and wellbeing professionals group.
We value your opinion and would welcome your feedback on the content. What would you like to see in the future kidney patient newsletters?

Click here to download ISSUE 7

Kidney Patient Newsletter – Covid-19 Update – ISSUE 6

The sixth edition of our Newsletter – Covid-19 Update – is now ready to view. As usual, it’s been compiled by Kidney Care UK, Kidney Wales, Paul Popham Fund, the Welsh Renal Clinical Network – which oversees services for adult kidney patients in Wales, and the Wales Kidney Research Unit – an All-Wales strategy for the study of diagnosis, prevention, treatment and social context of kidney disease.

In this issue, we share information on the Distance Aware campaign, the pros and cons of the Buttonhole Technique and advice on Un-Shielding.

We value your opinion and would welcome your feedback on the content. What you would like to see in the future kidney patient newsletters?

Click here to download ISSUE 6

Chief Medical Officer of Wales’ advice videos regarding the end of shielding

Here at the Paul Popham Fund, we just wanted to let you know of some communications that have been released last week in the run-up to the 16th Aug, after which those of you that have been shielding will no longer need to do so.

From Monday the 10th and every day last week the Chief Medical Officer of Wales has been appearing in a videos answering questions from those that have been shielding. These videos appeared on Facebook and twitter and are still available to view. Please see links below.

Links to Mondays video – Shielding will be paused:

Links to Tuesdays video – Question: Can I cuddle my grandparents?

Links to Friday’s Video – Question: Is it safe to go back to work?

On Tuesday 11th an infographic was also published on WG social media with helpful tips/advice for those who will no longer be shielding.


Also, on Sunday 16th August the updated WG guidance and an FAQ’s doc was published on the Welsh Government Website.



First Home Therapies Virtual Q&A – Explore and give it a go!

We are pleased to share our very first Kidney Patient Information Virtual Q&A. This virtual discussion is a general overview of home therapies, where one of our Peer Mentors, Hayleigh Isaac, shared her personal experience of home hemodialysis with Gail Williams, Lead Nurse of the Welsh Renal Clinical Network, and Joanne Popham, CEO of the Charity.

To view the video, click here:

The video clip is 30 minutes long. Please give us your feedback and let us know what other Q&A’s you would like us to provide information on.

We also have a downloadable pdf of this Q&A which you can get by clicking on the link below.

Click here to download the PDF

Please bear in mind that this Q&A is based on personal experiences and is not to be used as a clinical guideline. The opinions provided throughout the discussion and within the document reflect personal views of participants and should by no means be used to change dialysis prescriptions without seeking professional consultation.

We advise all patients to seek approval from their appropriate supervisors and their renal consultants before making any changes to treatment or care.