Introducing Julie Hester-Lucas, the Fundraising Events Administrator within the Fundraising Events Team. We asked Julie about her role.
I joined the RAF Association in July 2016. This is the first time I have worked in the charity sector or in philanthropic giving. My background before working in the charitable sector has been within trusts, corporate and finance, working in London and overseas.
I am part of the Fundraising Events Team at Headquarters, where I focus on the management and administration of challenge events. The team organises a number of incredible fundraising challenges around the UK and internationally. The type of activities vary from tandem skydives to climbing one of the world’s highest mountains to running the London Marathon. People doing an activity also have a fundraising target that will contribute to the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal and supports the RAF family.
If someone wants to wing walk or run a 10km race, I’m the person that can make this happen.
I also support the teams that attend the air show circuit by assisting them with their event attendance administration, event set ups and the selling of merchandise.
I like being part of a charity that supports the RAF family. I find my job thoroughly enjoyable and have a sense of achievement from the role I undertake. I have the benefit of helping many people to achieve a lifelong goal, for example by running the London Marathon or seeing someone overcome their fear of heights by wing walking. Witnessing the joy in people’s faces after they have accomplished something incredible is wonderful and is a very rewarding and privileged side of my job. To also know that they have raised a huge amount of money for a good cause is the icing on the cake.
If it were not for the daredevil volunteers who wish to challenge their human endurance levels or achieve a personal goal, there would not be the high demand and the ongoing developments of our challenge events.
Without the help of our volunteers who assist on our air show circuit, we would find it difficult to complete the air show season within our small team and gain the success we have in fundraising. Our volunteers get to interact with the public, raise the profile of the RAF Association and the welfare work that we do and the volunteers also get to be part of our team and an insight into what we do.