Making Memories… Giving Hope

Debs - our new Devon Fundraiser!


It’s an overdue welcome to our new team member, Debs Rylands!  Debs joined us in November 2018 and, in her new role as Regional Fundraiser for Devon, Debs has been working to increase our volunteer fundraising in Devon and across the South West.

Debs told us: "I’m really excited to be in this role and working with communities to spread the word about CHICKS. One thing that the organisation does so well is recognising the people at the heart of what we do and I love that I am able to build upon that and help to bring CHICKS home to the hearts of people across Devon."

So we thought we'd throw a little Q&A at Debs:

Debs, what's your background?

Over the last 14 years, I have worked with a range of charitable and non-profit organisations, such as Barnardo’s, Young Devon, Groundwork, Exeter Community Transport and Wild Ideas as well as working in children’s social care.

What are you really looking forward to in this role?

Going forward with CHICKS, I am particularly interested, not only in supporting all of our volunteers to achieve their goals through their activity with the charity, but in seeing some exciting and unique methods of fundraising being brought into the mix.

What gets you out of bed and into work?

I have a passion for supporting people to aspire and achieve – there’s nothing like the feeling when you see the look on the face of someone who reaches their goal.

What’s your secret vice?

It has to be snail-racing...  it’s just so addictive!

Hmm ... could there be a fundraising idea there? If you've got any bright ideas and live in Devon but would like to chat through fundraising and volunteering ideas with Debs, you can contact her by email: or phone: 01822 811 121!



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