HOPE Fundraising Committee
The fundraising committee at HOPE is made up of parents, staff and volunteers committed to combining their experience to raise vital funds for HOPE.
All upcoming fundraising events can be viewed on the calendar, including the BYOB fundraising nights which always sell out in record time, and the annual HOPE 10k Walk.
If you are interested in fundraising for HOPE, or in helping out at one of our events, please do get in touch with any member of the committee, or the HOPE office on 01236 779191.
The HOPE Fundraising Committee can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Spiers – Chair of Fundraising Committee
Karen’s background is in banking. She has held many positions from Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of various committees over a number of years. Karen was heavily involved in the local Girl Guiding movement for over 25 years, leading all age units from Rainbows, Brownies through to Guides.
Susan Harrington – Acting Chair of Fundraising Committee
Susan joined the HOPE fundraising committee in April 2016, and has been a member of HOPE for 2 years. Susan has a son who was diagnosed with ASD in 2013, and another who benefits from the siblings services at HOPE. As well as shaving her head to raise money for HOPE in 2014, Susan has taken part in a variety of external events such as Moonwalks and community events in Caldercruix.
Claire has volunteered with HOPE for 4 years both within the groups and as part of the fundraising teams. She has worked with kids from preschool through to kids progressing into high school. She has organised many events for HOPE and each year hosts an Autism Awareness party which this year raised over £2000. Each year Claire also does a personal challenge to raise money for HOPE which has varied from climbing Ben Nevis to competing in the Rough Runner challenge. She is very passionate about HOPE and last year was given an award via HOPE for her commitment to the charity.
Maryann McLaughlan has been a member of HOPE for roughly 11 years. She has 2 boys, Jack 14 and Niki 11, both diagnosed with ASD at the age of 3. Jack and Niki both attend their weekly groups along with various sporting activities at HOPE. HOPE has been a life line for the family. Maryann joined the fundraising committee around 2 and a half years ago and is committed to helping out at events where possible. Maryann’s love of photography has led to her becoming official HOPE photographer at many of these events. Participating in fundraising events such as the HOPE 10k, Glasgow Kiltwalk in 2015 and recently Tough Mudder, is Maryann’s way of giving back even a little of what HOPE has done for her family.
Jen has been a member of HOPE since 2013 and part of the fundraising committee for the last year and a half.
Jen is a mother of two, her son was diagnosed with ASD in November 2013 and has since been attending the groups at HOPE every week.
Jen likes to walk a lot and be outdoors, and for the last two years has taken on the Glasgow KiltWalks adding on the Aberdeen Kiltwalk this year, raising as much money as possible for HOPE while doing so.
Jen also likes to get a little crafty when it comes to the Christmas Fayre with baubles and anything Christmassy.
Jen adopts a mischievous little elf at Christmas named Buddy. He helps keep the kids in line as well as creating a little mischief along the way while in turn creating fun memories for her children. Christmas is her favourite time of year for sure.
Derek has been with HOPE since 2006, starting out as a volunteer then becoming a session worker. As his sibling has Autism, Derek has always been very passionate in working to help others who have Autism and their families. He works in many of HOPE’s groups including the siblings group, as he understands how they feel and wants to support them as much as possible. Derek has always been a keen fundraiser for HOPE and takes part in events such as Tough Mudder, as well volunteering (as HOPEs resident DJ) for their fundraising events at HOPE. He joined the fundraising committee in 2016 and hopes to raises even more funds for a charity he loves.
Marie joined HOPE roughly 11 years ago when her son Aaron was diagnosed with ASD and has attended weekly groups and other events ever since. HOPE is a huge part of her family with her younger son Kian attending sibling’s group and other activities regularly. Marie joined the fundraising committee roughly 2 years ago and enjoys helping out wherever possible. Marie is very much looking forward to the next lot of events.
Donna has been a member of the HOPE fundraising committee for over 1 year, and has taken part in the Kiltwalk and other fundraising events on HOPE’s behalf. As Donna’s son has been diagnosed with ASD and uses HOPE’s services, she has first-hand experience of the value and importance of HOPE for Autism.
Anne is 53, a parent of two children both diagnosed with Aspergers in 2013 and both then registered with HOPE shortly after that. Anne has worked for the last 15 years in Kwik Fit Insurance as a Household Underwriting Consultant. Prior to having her family, she spent 13 years with North Lanarkshire council in the Finance Department. In both of these posts she gained exceptional organisational and communication skills. She works well to deadlines and love a challenge.
She has attended ‘Understanding Behaviour’ seminar at HOPE as both of her kids were going through diagnosis. After being made redundant in March of this year, she will be going back to full time education undertaking HNC in counselling at Coatbridge College. She now has time to offer to HOPE and offered her services to Fundraising committee recently.
Ross has been a member of HOPE since 2002, when he attended the group sessions because he has Aspergers and wanted to make some friends. Ross has done some fundraising activities for other charities but he decided to join Hope’s Fundraising Committee in 2017 as a way of giving back to the organisation who has helped and supported him throughout the years. He helped promote HOPE’s team in the inaugural Sensory Cup as its mascot, Puzzles the Dog, for which he received an Unsung Heroes Award for his outstanding commitment.