Faith’s first year at Beacon!

Sep 22, 2023

This week’s blog was written by our Fundraising Officer, Faith.

This September marked Faith’s one year anniversary working for Beacon.

In this blog Faith shares how she has found her first year! 

Photo of Faith Walpole

My first year at Beacon has been truly wonderful. I have met so many amazing people and have really enjoyed working with the Beacon team – whether that be during work or outside of it – they are such a lovely bunch to spend time with. They have quite honestly become some of my closest friends!

I have learnt so much in the past 12 months here, both professionally and personally. Beacon has given me the opportunity to connect directly with the rare disease community, who have all welcomed me into the space with open arms.

Photo of Laura and Faith at a Beacon exhibition booth

I have been left feeling inspired having connected so closely with everyone, particularly through this year’s patient group mentoring programme and our most recent Cambridge Showcase.

It has been such a great experience watching everyone come together and catch-up to share their thoughts and ideas with one another. It’s a space I feel very fortunate to be a part of.

My role in fundraising has also introduced me to so many like-minded individuals from all different backgrounds, and I’m looking forward to meeting more people out there.

I have been able to attend a range of networking events and conferences to represent Beacon – including the opportunity to be a part of the AngloNordic Life Science Conference as their Charity of the Year.

Here I was able to exhibit and deliver a presentation on all the wonderful work Beacon does alongside my fabulous fundraising partner, Laura. Events like this can be super rewarding, and it’s always so great to highlight the work our charity does and the support we can offer those living with a rare disease.

I’m really looking forward to the year ahead to see where my Beacon journey takes me. I hope we can continue to grow our impact and create real, lasting change in the rare disease space. I’m looking forward to growing my skills further and finding opportunities to engage even more with the wider community.

Thank you to Faith for sharing your blog on your first year at Beacon with us!

We hope you enjoyed reading about what Faith has been getting up to during her first year.

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