Paul Munro, Community Fundraising Manager
Paul and his team organise and develop Brooke's fundraising activities.
What time does your alarm go off and how do you start your day?
My alarm is my three-year-old son Reggie who screams “daddy” anytime between 5.30 and 6.30am and my days starts with coffee, checking emails and trying to block out CBeebies before dropping Reggie at nursery and cycling to the office.
What are you responsible for in your role at Brooke?
I manage the community fundraising programme. The team is made up of me and three amazing senior fundraising officers who organise events, develop exciting fundraising activities and recruit and support our wonderful volunteer fundraisers and groups all over the UK.
How did you get your job?
I was ready for a new challenge and applied after seeing an advert online. So proud to be on the team!
What’s involved in your typical day?
No day is the same in community fundraising so this hard to answer. I always catch up with my team, speak to supporters on the phone/email, share our upcoming fundraising activities and events with other departments, plan future fundraising activities and, of course, check how much money we've raised!
What’s your most memorable work moment?
I could say the time when I was riding a mechanical horse called Trigger and was unable to slow it down. Terrifying! And it's on film, oh the shame! But I will say the moment we found out Brooke-a-Brac was nominated as a finalist in the Best Fundraising Event 2015 category at the Third Sector Awards - the first fundraising award nomination for me and for Brooke.
What’s the worst part of your job?
Knowing that one day I will actually have to run a marathon. I have encouraged so many supporters to do one and it's only fair that one day I take on the 26.2 miles. Urgh.
What’s the best part of your job?
Speaking to volunteer fundraisers who have been supporting Brooke for over 30 years and hearing their passion for the cause.
I get a buzz out of meeting new, interesting and inspiring people, understanding what makes them tick, and working with them to do something that makes a difference to the world we live in.
What would be your Plan B? What would you be doing if you didn't work at Brooke?
Fundraising chose me, as cheesy as it sounds. I like to think I understand people. I get a buzz out of meeting new, interesting and inspiring people, understanding what makes them tick, and working with them to do something that makes a difference to the world we live in. So I guess I would be doing this at another worthwhile charity.
What do you do after work?
Pick up Reggie from nursery and enjoy a few hours of craziness with him, Millicent, my three-month daughter, and my wife before bedtime battles begin.
What makes you proud to be Brooke?
I get it! And I want others to understand the huge impact this charity has - not only on working equines but also the individuals, the families and the communities who rely on them - and get involved.