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Meet the team: Alex

Alex is our new fundraising officer. She will be making sure our amazing supporters and donors get the best experience possible. Here’s your chance to meet her.

Alex is on a pebble beach with the sea in the background. She is wearing a pair of earphones.

What is the best thing about working at an organisation like this?

It’s such important work that Grassroots are doing and I agree with Michael that suicide isn’t limited to a specific group and can affect anyone and this means I’ll get to work with such a wide variety of people within the community, which I’m really excited about. It’ll be amazing to be a part of raising Grassroots’ profile and breaking down taboos around talking about suicide and mental health.

Which project has given you most enjoyment? Or are you most proud of?

I’m really new to the organisation so this is TBC. So far I’m delighted to have been welcomed into a team of kind and enthusiastic colleagues and I’m really impressed with the work they’ve done, particularly in developing the Stay Alive app and their training programmes. I’ll soon be attending the ASIST training myself which will give me a better understanding of our work preventing suicide which I’ll be able to bring into my role.

What are you looking forward to in the year ahead?

I’m looking forward to expanding fundraising and awareness of Grassroots in the community and developing our volunteer program. I’m really excited to develop creative new ways to raise essential funds for such an important cause.

“I’ll soon be attending the ASIST training myself…”

Alex holds a great big fluffy puppy in her arms.

What will you take and keep from lockdown ?

I’ve always been an outdoorsy person, despite living in a climate that doesn’t really make that fun in the stationary-socialising sense. So I’m pleased that fire pits and outdoor dining (looking forward to hanging in igloos) has become a thing. I’ve also gotten into big creative projects and knitted a giant lockdown blanket whilst watching Lost. Bingeing TV without guilt has been quite fun and next stop – rug-making.

And what will you gladly leave in lockdown?

Throwing myself at other people’s dogs in a desperate beg for physical affection. I’ll continue admiring and getting excited about other people’s dogs but it’s nice to have other avenues for closeness. I hope hugging my friends is back for good. I’m hoping international travel makes a comeback too.

How do you relax?

Crafting (knitting, painting, macrame, embroidery), graphic design, interior design, baking. I love a good candle, a long dance, hoolahooping to Kraftwerk, and playing with my two beautiful puppy nieces.

I also pretend to play the ukulele.

Favourite sandwich filling?

Hot cheese and marmite in the winter, not-hot cheese and jam in the summer.