Kate Hunter brings a decade of experience teaching both children and adults to her current role as Blythswood’s fundraising manager in South West England. After qualifying she taught year three in Bristol before moving on to the community sector where she enjoyed helping adults who had few or no qualifications. “They really wanted to be there and to learn,” she says.
Then Kate spent a year at an international school in Egypt where she had children of nine nationalities in her class, before returning to teach in Bristol. At that time her father Andy Hunter was Blythswood’s representative in the southwest and when he died suddenly in the autumn of 2014 she felt a strong interest in the work that he had been doing.
“My first impression of Blythswood was of an organisation that sent aid to Romania,” Kate says. “I remember Mike Ogborne speaking about it at our church when I was in my teens.
“Since joining Blythswood in February, one of my challenges has been getting to grips with the breadth of the work that the organisation does in so many countries.”
Covering an area from Penzance to Worcester to Bournemouth, Kate is ready to enable schools, churches and community groups to get involved in the Shoe Box Appeal and in other aspects of Blythswood’s work.
For the South West England launch of Blythswood’s 50th anniversary year, she is organising a Bristol event for Saturday 13 February when Dr Adrian Popa will explain his pioneering educational project in western Romania, Talita Kum. “Then we have the Schools Enterprise Challenge in June, the business start-up competition for both primary and secondary schools.”