RAYS of Sunshine, a children’s charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill children aged 3-18 across the UK by granting their wishes and providing ongoing support within hospitals, has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lindsey Bennister.
Lindsey joins the children’s charity from blood cancer charity WMUK, having previously spent eight years as CEO of Sarcoma UK, during which she led the charity from a start-up to a multi-million-pound organisation that included building partnerships with patrons, including Paralympian Richard Whitehead MBE, as well as becoming 10 Downing Street’s official charity. Further, she led the charity’s largest-ever single appeal, leading to a JustGiving Special Recognition Award for Carey Lander, the keyboard player of the band Camera Obscura, who had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma and who launched the appeal for the charity.
Commenting on her appointment, Lindsey Bennister said:
“I’m delighted to be joining this wonderful charity and help brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families across the UK. I can’t wait to see first-hand the joy the charity brings to our beneficiaries, as well as meet our incredibly dedicated ambassadors and supporters. Now, more than ever, we need to ensure our vital services are available for all children and families who need us so that we can continue to bring sunshine into the lives of families and children at home or in hospital.”
Steve Allan, Chair of Board of Trustees, added:
“We are really pleased to be welcoming Lindsey to Rays of Sunshine. She brings with her enormous experience in fundraising, overseeing charity services, as well as a strong grasp of governance and compliance issues that are so important in today’s environment. These are unprecedented and challenging times for the charity, but we are confident that Lindsey will ensure the charity continues to shine during this time as well as bring joy and hope to seriously ill children when they need it the most.”
Lindsey started her new post on Monday.
Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of seriously ill young people and their families across the UK by granting wishes and providing ongoing support in hospital and within the community.
For more information, please visit: www.raysofsunshine.org.uk.