In his new role as community fundraiser, 26 year old Dan provides support to those fundraising for Treetops as well as going out into the community to raise awareness of the hospice services.
Treetops Hospice Care, based in Risley, provides nursing care and emotional support for adults, their families and carers across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire free of charge. Last year, the hospice supported over 1,750 local people.
Dan was elected as the youngest ever mayor of Belper in May 2015 and chose Treetops as his charity of the year during his time in office after seeing how many Belper people were supported by the charity every year. His fundraising events including walking from the Belper Town Council offices to the hospice in Risley, taking part in a 12,000 feet skydive and climbing Mount Snowdon.
I’m looking forward to making a difference
He explained what attracted him to the fundraising role:
“Since leaving school, I’ve always run my own businesses in a variety of different industries and loved it, but felt that something was missing. That’s when I started to get involved with volunteering.
“When given the opportunity to turn my volunteering at Treetops into a full time career, I jumped at it. I’m really looking forward to making a difference through the fundraising work we will be doing.”
Last month, Treetops was ranked fourth in the in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For and awarded three-star accreditation for extraordinary levels of staff engagement.
Treetops services are available free of charge and include Support and Information, a Day Care unit based in Risley, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling and complementary therapy.