Redwings’ Legacy Manager, Katie Fulcher, has been awarded a Smee & Ford Legacy Giving Award, recognising and celebrating outstanding achievement and skill in the sector. Katie – who celebrated 10 years at Redwings last year – was announced as the winner at a ceremony at Hilton Bankside, London on 18 April after being nominated by her colleagues at the charity.

She is responsible for managing gifts in Wills to Redwings, which makes up over two-thirds of its income and plays a crucial part in caring for the hundreds of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules the charity is responsible for, and allows them to keep helping those in need.

“I am absolutely over the moon that Katie has been recognised in this way, I couldn’t think of a better recipient of this prestigious award,” said Redwings CEO Lynn Cutress.

“Katie is a trained solicitor with previous experience in the charity sector, and she brings her vast knowledge and skills to her role every day.

Katie Fulcher, Redwings Legacy Manager

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“She takes her role incredibly seriously, understanding not just its importance for the charity, but also the poignant role she plays in helping people fulfil their final wishes – something which is always appreciated by the families of those who have sadly passed.

“As Legacy Manager, her role goes beyond administration. From initial enquiries from supporters, to handling notifications and legacy completions, as well as managing contested Wills (sometimes on behalf of other charities), Katie looks after the process from start to finish.

“She never shies away from putting in the extra hours to ensure she always meets best practice and, ultimately, to ensure that the final wishes of those who kindly leave gifts in Wills are fulfilled.”

The award entries were reviewed and assessed by a judging panel that included some of the biggest names from across the charitable legacy community.

“I’m so honoured to have been given this award,” Katie added. “It is a wonderful, independent validation not only of my work but the work being done here at Redwings. It is an incredible way to mark my 10 years with the charity, in what is also our 40th anniversary year.”

Lead image of a trio of rescue donkeys, who recently joined the Redwings herd

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