Our Supporter Fundraising team are here to support anybody who wants to make a difference to autistic people and their families. They're an adventurous bunch, and between them they've walked on hot coals and climbed mountains for good causes. Find out who's who by clicking on the links below.

Kate Donohue, Head of Supporter Fundraising
Rachel Verralls, Events Manager
Rachael Lynch, Senior Events Officer
Hannah Lumley, Events Officer
John Springate, Events Officer
Calum Coker, Events Fundraising Assistant
Caroline Rees, Senior Fundraising Campaigns Officer
Leslie Gold, Community Fundraising Manager
Eric Kent, Supporter Fundraising Officer
Karron Kent, Supporter Fundraising Officer
Joanna Ackroyd, Supporter Fundraising Officer

Kate Donohue, Head of Supporter Fundraising

Kate Donohue

Kate's first priority is making sure everyone in the team has everything they need to keep our fundraisers feeling well-informed, motivated and appreciated. Kate has two autistic brothers so she knows from personal experience about the challenges and the gifts autism brings. Her favourite part of her job is cheering people on and meeting some of the people we support.

When she’s not working, Kate is usually in a pub, talking about her brothers to anyone who will listen.

 

Rachel Verralls, Events Manager

 Rachel supports the team to create our fantastic challenge, social and special events. She also manages our special events portfolio and bespoke cycling events. She has been at the National Autistic Society for 2 and a half years. Rachel loves to take part in a challenge. Last year she ran the London marathon and took part in a White Collar boxing event. This year she has climbed the Yorkshire Three Peaks and is doing Ride London in July for the third time.

Rachel’s guilty pleasure is Disney and minions – plus she will always be happy if she meets a goat.

Rachael Lynch, Senior Events Officer

 Rachael manages the London Marathon team, our bespoke All Aboard for Autism event, virtual runs and our student fundraising programme, as well as managing the Events Assistant.

Rachael really enjoys playing sport and is part of a London netball team. She also loves adventurous activities and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, dog sled across the Arctic Circle, cycled from London to Paris, sailed around the Isle of Wight, gone skydiving, trekked to Machu Picchu and even visited Mount Everest Base Camp!

You’re most likely to find Rachael taking part in some wacky activity and telling bad jokes (probably at the same time).

 

Hannah Lumley, Events Officer

 Hannah graduated from Bournemouth University in 2011 and has worked for the charity since November 2016. She manages events such as Ride London, New York Marathon, Yorkshire Three Peaks and looks after the charities own place events portfolio which consists of any event outside our event portfolio that our amazing supporters take part in for us.

Outside of work Hannah is very sociable and loves going to festivals and exploring new places! She also loves going on long walks, mainly with her bulldog and has climbed Scafell Pike twice in one weekend and has conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks!

She has also ran various 10k runs and has plans to one day run the London Marathon.

 

John Springate, Events Officer

 John manages running events such as The Great North Run, Royal Parks, London 10,000 and London Landmarks as well as Abseil for Autism and our event volunteers.

In his spare time John is a youth football coach and a very keen sportsman, playing numerous sports on a regular basis such as football, tennis and snooker. Pubs, bars and restaurants are also a mainstay in his weekends when a break is needed from sport!

 

Calum Coker, Events Fundraising Assistant

Calum loves all things adventure and sport, he can be found either playing or watching football at weekends. He’s previously climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, trekked to Machu Picchu, completed Tough Mudder and volunteered in Romania. Any free time left is spent on concerts or hanging out with friends.

 

 

 

Caz Rees, Senior Fundraising Campaigns Officer

Caroline Rees

Caz looks after campaigns such as World Autism Awareness Week, Night Walks for Autism, Schools' Autism Awareness Week, World Autism Awareness Week at work, 7k for 700k and Let’s do Brunch.

She loves everything about her job, but speaking to our supporters and finding out about their stories is her favourite part.

One other thing Caz is that she loves to dance - particularly the slow waltz and rumba!


Leslie Gold, Community Fundraising Manager

Leslie Gold

Leslie's been a fundraiser for 15 years. She began her career in the charity sector as a volunteer. She manages the team who support all our wonderful community fundraisers around the country – from people holding bake sales and quiz nights to tackling huge personal challenges, like rowing the Atlantic or creating their own marathon. Her favourite fundraising experience so far involved walking on hot coals! 

Outside the office, Leslie can be found spending time with her dog and being ignored by her cat.

Eric Kent, Supporter Fundraising Officer

Eric Kent

Eric’s role is to provide help, advice and resources for people who wish to raise funds for us and, where required, delivers presentations to their clubs and organisations. Eric is based in Worcestershire and supports community fundraisers across much of England and Wales.

Eric is married to Shauna and his interests include golf, travel and researching family history.

 


Karron Kent, Supporter Fundraising Officer

Karron Kent

Karron gives advice and support to fundraisers in Scotland and the North East of England. She says, “I love the job and have the pleasure of meeting fantastic people with amazing fundraising stories. Everyone is here for the right reasons – to make a difference to autistic people. It gives me great pleasure to be part of the team spirit. I am amazed on a daily basis just what they contribute of their time.”

Karron loves spending time with her two children, holidaying at her caravan on the Isle of Arran and going to her tap class (but insists she is no Ginger Rogers).

Joanna Ackroyd, Supporter Fundraising Officer

Joanna Ackroyd, Supporter Fundraising Officer

Joanna has been a fundraiser for six years and her role is to support and inspire fundraisers in the community who want to make a difference. She is based in West Sussex looking after the South-East region and her favourite thing about her job is meeting supporters to say thank you in person.

Outside of work, Joanna is busy chasing after her kids on the South Downs or attempting to bake something.