The Gazette - August 2020

Sponsored by The Ulverscroft Foundation
Edited by Julie Leonard
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

Meet the Fundraiser!

I’m Linda Innes. I’d like to say I’m the nearly-new fundraiser for BCA, but I’m getting quite old now. I’m writing this on a sunny day in May, because Julie’s deadline was ‘as early as possible’. Hopefully, by the time you read this, we’ve all survived the pandemic, our days are easier, and we are approaching normality – whatever ‘normal’ is. I might even get to meet you at an event when events can happen in person again. Hopefully, you’re all well and managing to play chess by some means, regardless.

Who am I? (Amongst other philosophical questions). I’m from Liverpool, originally, where a sense of humour comes with the territory; but I’ve been around a bit – living in Leeds after being a student there, then in Gloucester, Sheffield and Middlesbrough, before moving a few miles to the North-East coast. I used to be an English teacher, but I’m all right now. I’m qualified as a life-coach and Neurolinguistic Programming trainer – but that’s another story. I’ve worked in the arts and education as a project manager, fundraising for lots of diverse projects, and ten years ago, I started freelancing. I've been writing applications for grants and tenders, and writing other things for clients – from policies and web content to horror novels! I’m loving working for the BCA – you lovely people. I’m busy writing to trusts and foundations, applying for donations and grants to ensure the BCA’s future. If you have any good fundraising ideas (or know anyone with money for a great cause!) please let us know!