ADRIENNE REPRESENTS BLYTHSWOOD IN HIGHLANDS AND NE SCOTLAND
Adrienne Dempster is Blythswood’s fundraising manager for the Highlands and North-East Scotland. Before joining Blythswood in January 2014, she worked for 20 years as a medical representative in the pharmaceutical industry, making sales presentations to doctors, nurses and practice managers in various parts of Scotland.
“It’s all about communication,” she says, comparing her past and present roles. “My main aim in the year ahead is to promote the organisation in its 50th anniversary. I’m here to encourage Blythswood supporters to form support groups that can hold regular and occasional fundraising events such as coffee mornings, soup and sandwich lunches, quiz nights and sponsored walks.”
Adrienne’s first awareness of Blythswood was through the Shoe Box Appeal as her children used to fill boxes for the Appeal when in primary school. Since then she has been amazed to discover how many projects the organisation is involved with in so many places, including Scotland.
“We have strong, active support groups in Buckie, Gairloch, Inverness and Skye,” says Adrienne who sometimes travels hundreds of miles in a week to explain Blythswood’s work. “I’m keen to hear from people who’d like to start groups in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey, Caithness and the Northern Isles.”