Karen Eeles is to lose her job as fundraising manager at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight. Picture by Laura Holme.
THE Earl Mountbatten Hospice is parting company with its fundraising champion.
Karen Eeles, who in her role as fundraising manager helped bring in millions of pounds, has not been offered a permanent post after a staff shake-up.
Mrs Eeles, who has been responsible for organising the last 11 Walk the Wights and played a central role in campaigns such as the £1 million Brick Appeal, will leave the hospice next month.
But hospice chief executive Tina Harris said the restructure would help improve services and was good news for the community in terms of new jobs and enhanced services.
Mrs Eeles is to be replaced by a head of income generation. She was interviewed for the role, but not offered the post.
Several other members of the team will also lose their jobs. It is understood some staff were offered alternative posts with less responsibility and lower salaries.
Mrs Harris said all the fundraising team had been offered opportunities in the new structure and the hospice was looking forward to the usual calendar of events and some new ones.
"The number of whole time equivalents hasn’t altered with the new structure, the only change has been in terms of our expectations of the team," she added.
However former head of fundraising, David Cheek, who was at the hospice from 2005 to 2009, said he was heartbroken for Mrs Eeles and the rest of the team.
Mr Cheek said: "In any restructure you build on your strengths and Karen has become the face of the hospice in recent years. Not to find a structure that enables you to build on that strength, or keep it, is appalling."
Mrs Eeles said: "I’d like to thank all the volunteers and supporters that I have worked with for over 11 years while fundraising for the hospice. It has been an absolute pleasure to have been part of such a wonderful team."