Educational charity Whirlow Hall Farm Trust which helps over 10,000 children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and the inner city to grow is located on the outskirts of Sheffield is celebrating 40years this year and to assist with their ambitious fundraising targets have appointed two new part-time fundraisers to the team.

The two new fundraisers stepped foot on the Farm to begin their new roles in March and together bring a wealth of industry experience to the now team of five led by Sarah Kerrigan, Head of Fundraising and Events.

Zoe Merryclough is the new Corporate Fundraiser. She started her fundraising career after graduating from The University of Sheffield in 2011. Since then she has worked for both small local charities and larger national organisations. For the last five years she has been working as a Regional Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society, supporting the local area and its communities to fundraise.

“I’m thrilled to be here at Whirlow, I’m already in love with working in this beautiful setting. Sheffield and it’s neighbouring towns are full of passionate and experienced fundraisers; I’m really looking forward to working with some familiar faces and introducing our work to some brand new companies.”

Since working on the Farm in a similar fundraising and events role back in 2001, Lucinda has since set up her highly award writing business Pure Awards Creative in 2006 and brought success and recognition through awards for hundreds of companies across the Sheffield City Region and beyond. Lucinda also continued to work with a handful of charities generating much needed funds and awareness including securing a £500,000 Lottery bid for a local charity in Sheffield just last year. Lucinda has joined the team as a part-time fundraiser whilst also running her business.

Sarah, Head of Fundraising and Events said: “Zoe and Lucinda’s obvious success and skill set in areas of fundraising, events, awards and bid writing are highly desirable, especially during our 40th celebration year.

“We believe both will be an asset to Whirlow as we promote our wide range of corporate and community focused events and secure funds to help us reach our targets for the year ahead.”