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For over 50 years, Designability has designed and provided products that have enabled disabled people to live with greater independence. Our team of talented designers and engineers create innovative new products which have helped hundreds of thousands of people with their day to day challenges. We are best known now for Wizzybug, our powered wheelchair which helps young disabled children move and play independently for often the first time in their lives. Families loan one from us for free thanks to the generous support of our donors.


We create our innovative products by being experts in user-centred design – put simply, this means that it is disabled people who drive our innovation strategy, and it is their needs and views make our products unique.

We have ambitious plans for the future. We are in a strong financial position with healthy reserves, and have a forward plan for a significant new product innovation, and a partnership project which will have impact on the lives of millions of disabled people.


This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team providing innovative solutions which deliver greater choice for disabled people.


We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced fundraiser to join our team to develop and grow income from Charitable Trust and Major Donor income streams, through the development of new and existing relationships.  This is a fantastic opportunity for a fundraiser with proven experience in Trusts fundraising to join our dynamic team at an exciting time of growth across our charity; and to make a meaningful difference through our work supporting disabled people to live with greater independence.

You will have proven experience of:

  • Securing income from Trusts and Foundations, as well as individual Major Donors in a donor facing role.
  • Proven track record of securing four to six figure gifts, and of building strong relationships with new and existing donors and prospects.
  • Producing compelling proposals, funding applications, reports and presentations as required to demonstrate a case for support or meet grant criteria.
  • Researching, identifying and successfully managing a new pipeline of donor prospects.


You will joining an independent, national charity based in Bath. Our creative and inspiring team includes engineers, technicians, product designers, occupational therapists, fundraisers and administrators. We are led by strong values: we are creative, inclusive and practical, with our vision being to create a future where every disabled person has the products they want to live the life they choose.


We are really proud that we were awarded second place in the ‘Best Charities to Work For 2020’list by Third Sector which is a reflection of our team highly rating the fact that we encourage activities that create strong teams and foster good personal relationships. Our staff also stated their confidence in Designability’s leadership and strategic planning.

To find out more about Designability visit


To view the job description and find out more on how to apply, please visit


The University of Bath provide us with recruitment support and applications are made through the University of Bath jobs website. We choose to follow many of the University of Bath’s human resources policies. However, Designability is a fully independent charity and our staff contracts are not with the University.


For an informal conversation about this role, please email Rebecca Goddard, Head of Fundraising and Communications at Designability on

  • Closing Date for applications: Sunday 7th November (closes midnight)
  • Interview dates: 
    • First Interviews: Thursday 11th or Friday 12th November.
    • Second Interviews: Thursday 18th or Friday 19th November.
  • Start date: At earliest availability.

Senior Fundraising Officer (Trusts and Major Donors)


£27,000-£29,000 FTE


30 or 37.5 hrs/week (open to flexible working)

Contract Type:



Regular presence in Bath plus some remote working

Close Date:

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Email Contact:

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