1 February 2016
Over 130 friends, family and former colleagues of late fundraiser and charity leader Liz Monks gathered on Tuesday (26th January) to remember her life and unwavering dedication to the charity sector, by taking part in an evening of fundraising in her memory. The event, held at Holborn Studios, saw Liz’s final wish of raising over £50,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, far surpassed.
Before sadly losing her own battle with cancer last November, the former Fundraising Director of Alzheimer’s UK, had set a target of raising £20,000 for Macmillan, to go towards direct patient support at the Royal Free Hospital in London where she was being treated. Following her diagnosis, Liz gathered friends and colleagues from across the charity sector and told them of her aim. With their help she met her target within weeks and one of her last wishes was for efforts to continue until the new target of £50,000 was reached.
Alongside a raffle that included generous gifts from across the sector, the fundraising evening culminated in a highly competitive quiz (the winning team was led by Laurie Boult, Head of Fundraising at Age UK). Overall the event raised almost £4,500 and brought Liz’s fundraising campaign total to £53,000. The evening also included tributes from Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising and Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan and a close friend of Liz’s.
Lynda says: “Only Liz could leave a legacy like this. She was one of the most wonderfully passionate people that I was fortunate to spend time with - in both a professional and personal capacity. In her time working in the charity sector Liz oversaw an enormous amount of fundraising for so many wonderful and deserving causes. All of us at Macmillan are just so grateful that her final fundraising wish is supporting our mission to ensure no one has to face cancer alone”.
Zoe Papadopoulou, Monks’ partner of twenty years, was bowled over by the effort of everyone involved and said: “I am extremely grateful to everyone for their unbelievable generosity. The success of this fundraiser is testament to the overwhelming warmth of spirit amongst the charity community towards Liz.
“Liz worked for and supported so many charities over the years but her personal fundraising for Macmillan was incredibly close to her heart and it has been really humbling to see everyone pull together on what became her last appeal”.
Liz’s JustGiving page will remain open https://www.justgiving.com/Liz-Monks
* and a final fundraising push will take place at the Liz Monks Memorial which is due to take place on Wednesday 9th March 2016 at the Royal College of Art. The event will remember Liz’s life and illustrious 20 year career, and culminate in a live art auction.
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*Liz’s JustGiving page does not include other people’s fundraising efforts on her behalf and wider donations still to be added
Notes to editor
About Liz Monks
Liz Monks worked in the charity sector for over 20 years, holding fundraising roles at Terence Higgins Trust, Shelter, RNID (now Action on Hearing Loss) and Action for Children. She served as Director of Fundraising at Breast Cancer Campaign (now Breast Cancer Now) and the Alzheimer’s Society. She was also chair of the Institute of Fundraising's convention between 2011 and 2014.
Further information about the Liz Monks Memorial
Liz’s partner Zoe has organised a memorial service that will take place at the Royal College of Art on 9th March 2016. For more information please contact Sinead Chapman (firstname.lastname@example.org
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