Appointed Three fundraising roles with Whizz Kidz

Whizz Kidz is transforming. QuarterFive are delighted to be partnering with Whizz Kidz to appoint three pivotal roles that will develop and shape the ideas, vision and work of their fundraising team:

Head of Trusts and Foundations, £55,000 – £60,000

Head of Partnerships, £55,000 – £60,000

Special Events and Philanthropy Manager, £38,000 – £40,000

More than 75,000 young people need a wheelchair to be mobile, yet most have no access to a wheelchair that’s right for them, leaving them at risk of social isolation, poor mental health, and physical injury. Whizz Kidz’ empowers them to enjoy opportunities and activities that so many others take for granted ‐ at home, school, work, and beyond.

Their new Director of Fundraising and Communications, Rachel Backshall, has been in post for eleven months and identified significant opportunities, prompting investment in and recent growth of the fundraising and communications department. There is tremendous energy, momentum and drive in the team, with clear growth potential and ambitious plans to increase income that enables more young wheelchair users to live independent lives.

In collaboration with the Kidz Board, a group of young wheelchair users each representing a different area of the UK, Whizz Kidz has recently launched a bold new brand that focuses on accessibility and inclusivity, and a website that places their beneficiaries at the heart of visuals and messaging. This is a truly exciting, transformative period that will further scale Whizz Kidz’ empowerment of young wheelchair users and raise awareness of their cause.

Whizz Kidz is a disability equality charity dedicated to creating a team that is a true reflection of the communities they serve. They actively encourage applications from disabled people, supporting, where possible, requirements for reasonable adjustments.

Introduction from the Director of Fundraising & Communications

Thank you for taking an interest in working for Whizz Kidz. Our vision is a society in which every young wheelchair user is mobile, enabled and included – to do this we need to raise money to give every young wheelchair user between the ages of 0 to 25 the right wheelchair for them, access to all the same opportunities and the confidence to go after everything they want from life – just the same as every young person.

We are mostly a relatively new fundraising and marcomms team that is full of drive and enthusiasm to take Whizz Kidz to the next level, and these roles are pivotal in achieving that. We would love you to join us and help make a difference to young wheelchair users everywhere.

Picture of Rachel Backshall

Rachel Backshall

Director of Fundraising & Communications

Values and Culture

Whizz Kidz need people in their team who can think creatively, bring innovation and help drive real change for young wheelchair users. And in return, they want to offer you a happy, healthy and inclusive work environment where you can thrive, achieve your full potential and be rewarded and recognised for performing brilliantly.

The Whizz-Kidz team are a dedicated bunch, all working together to empower young wheelchair users. Everyone working at the charity plays a vital role in the pursuit of reaching their vision: a society in which every young wheelchair user is mobile, enabled and included.

To make this possible, the Whizz Kidz team support each other, maintain a vibrant, inclusive work environment, and emphasise learning and development. Learn more about Whizz Kidz’ values and culture here.

Employee Benefits

Whizz Kidz’ employee benefits include:

  • Flexible working
  • 25 days of annual leave plus bank holidays PLUS an additional 3 days of paid leave over Christmas
  • Employer pension contribution of 5% (Whizz Kidz will match higher contributions of up to 6% of gross basic salary)
  • Two wellness days – Two days per calendar year for employees to take off for any reason that you choose. It could be to have time to volunteer for a good cause, to spend a duvet day, or for any reason at all that contributes to your wellbeing.
  • Simple Health Cash Plan (available to your families for an extra charge)
  • Season ticket loan, up to £5,000
  • Life Assurance


Details for each role can be found in the links below:

Head of Trusts and Foundations, £55,000 – £60,000

Head of Partnerships, £55,000 – £60,000

Special Events and Philanthropy Manager, £38,000 – £40,000

In the first instance, please complete the form below (ideally attaching a copy of your latest CV), including the role you’re wishing to apply for and your availability for a chat with Cristy.

Interview dates: First interviews will take place during w/c 20th November. Second interviews will take place during w/c 27th November.

QuarterFive and our clients know fundraising could better reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the people the charity sector supports. We encourage individuals with relevant skills and experience to apply for roles regardless of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief. If you think you meet some of the criteria for a role and would like to discuss how your other experience might transfer, please ask us for a chat. We’re here to support you. Appointments will be made on merit alone and we will gladly make reasonable adjustments to always ensure a fair process.

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across Wales.

Corporate Partnerships Manager – Midlands

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Manage a varied and exciting portfolio of new and longstanding partners across the Midlands, including supporting on a 7-figure partnership.

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