Kate Dunnachie works at the Sussex office of Focus Group – a company that is currently supporting Chailey Heritage Foundation as their Charity of the Year. Kate will be representing the charity at the Midsummer Ball, taking place in at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on 22nd June.
Kate, could you tell us a bit about your role at Focus Group?
I’m a Customer Engagement Executive in the Internal Sales Department at Focus Group, where I have worked for the last six years. I work in a really good team made up of eight of us.
You will be representing Chailey Heritage Foundation at this year’s Midsummer Ball. Could you tell us a bit more about what that will involve?
I will be singing a song called 'Never Enough' from The Greatest Showman. I’ll be competing against three others who are representing other charities. I’ve started rehearsing with my singing teacher – when I last sang the song to him, it brought a tear to his eye (although he’ll hate me for saying that!)
Could you tell us a bit about your singing background?
I have been singing since I was about 11. I performed at Disneyland in Paris with my school when I was 16. I also performed at Worth Abbey in their chapel, which was an amazing venue! I was in a function band for over eight years performing at weddings and parties across the South.
As your employer’s charity of the year, there are lots of ways you could get involved. Why did you choose to get involved in this way?
I feel that I’ll be a good representative with my singing background and I’m dedicated to making a difference by raising lots of money for Chailey Heritage Foundation.
How can people support you?
They can donate through this link. There are also a couple of tables available, so people can still have a last chance to book!
What do you know about Chailey Heritage Foundation and why do you think it’s important for you to support the charity?
It’s close to home for me because my cousin used to go to school at Chailey. It’s an amazing place for young people with disabilities to learn the life skills they need. It’s good to see the support their families get as well.
What other ways has Focus Group chosen to support the charity this year?
We sponsored the Focus 10k, which I took part in. We have also been running ‘posh bingo’ nights and cake sales at work. We have set up committee who are organising fundraising events throughout the year and hope to raise as much as possible.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with people reading this?
I’m really excited about performing. Please support me and help me raise as much as we can!