New Grants and Trusts fundraiser appointed

Ian Poynton joins Mesothelioma UK to help to boost the charity’s income for support of asbestos-related cancer patients

Ian Poynton has been appointed as Grants and Trusts Fundraiser for Mesothelioma UK, supporting people with the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. Ian will be based at the charity’s Leicester headquarters and will work closely with the Fundraising Manager to help to increase the charity’s income, focusing on grants and trusts.

The charity funds 18 Clinical Nurse Specialists who are based in NHS Trusts around the country. It hopes to increase this number to 30 and also to raise £1 million for research into better treatment and care.

Ian has nine years’ experience of working in the National Governing Body and charity sector in a variety of roles from club development, marketing and communications, to fundraising. He joins Mesothelioma UK from British Wheelchair Basketball where he secured funding for new programmes. Before that, he was Grants Manager for Sport England.

Ian commented: “I really wanted to use my experience of fundraising, and my skills and influence to help a charity which offers real support and hope to others. Mesothelioma UK relies solely on donations so fundraising is vitally important.”

Liz Darlison, Mesothelioma UK Head of Services, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ian to the Mesothelioma UK Operational Team. Ian is keen to learn more about mesothelioma and can see what a worthwhile organisation he has joined.

“He is looking forward to meeting all of the Meso UK community, especially patients and their families, and will help us to achieve our fundraising goals that are vital to funding specialist nurses, clinical research, and treatment for mesothelioma patients and their families,” continued Liz.

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