Focus on….Carla Bispham
As a community fundraiser Carla finds no two days are the same but every day is inspiring.
Carla, who has been in her role for over four years, always looks forward to coming to work – she’s found her job has led her down many paths she would never have imagined.
“No two days are the same and you never know who might come knocking on the door,” she said. “I’ve been involved in so many exciting things – like a trip to Strasbourg to try out robotic surgery and winning a staff Oscar award!”
Carla works with the public and hospital colleagues to raise funds for the charity and this has involved working with a wide range of people including the police, schools and patients’ relatives.
“One of the most interesting things I’ve done was when I was invited by the surgery team at Barnet to join them in Strasbourg to try out robotic surgery as they are hoping the charity will one day be able to support the purchase of a robot for the hospital.”
She has also arranged events such as Walk For Wards and last year a Summer Spectacular which involved many of the schools the charity works with putting on a show together.
It all adds up to a job she loves. “Since working at Barnet I’ve never yet woken up and thought I don’t want to go to work.”
One of her most rewarding roles is with the paediatric oncology team. “I absolutely love the days when the children come in to ring the bell that signals the end of their treatment.”
A challenge she relishes is getting staff enthused about the aims of the charity and involved in events or their own fundraising with their teams. “One of my favourite firsts was getting two hospital colleagues do a skydive!”
Despite having achieved so much, she still has ambitions. “It would be great to organise a high-end event every year which brought in lots of money and got lots of people together to find out about the work that we do, raising funds at the same time.”