December 4, 2019
What is the greatest physical feat you’ve witnessed by an individual and why?
I’ve been really inspired by people speaking out about mental health. I have family and colleagues that suffer from mental health issues so it’s a subject I strongly support. Jesy Nelson from Little Mix recently did a documentary for the BBC about the impact of cyberbullying on her mental health. Seeing someone with such influence talking on a prominent platform struck a chord. It’s fantastic to be able to give so many people a better understanding of such a complex issue.
At Lloyds Bank, we work with Mental Health UK to make conversations about mental health the norm. We do this by discussing the link between mental health and financial problems to those that need it. We’re also raising funds for the charity to help them set up support groups, with 40 already established across the UK.
What about by a group or team?
Two of my colleagues from our Leeds office, Lee Rycraft and Craig Smith, completed a charity cycle recently to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research. The pair cycled just under 300 miles and raised an impressive £27,000.
Lee was inspired to raise money for this charity after his mother was diagnosed with throat cancer. My dad was also diagnosed with throat cancer so it’s a charity close of both of our hearts. To see colleagues and friends using their own time to make a difference is a remarkable feat in my eyes. Lloyds Bank has also supported millions of people by providing grants to small and local charities. Over the past 30 years alone, we have donated more than £600 million to help people overcome complex social issues across the UK.
What do you consider to be the greatest feat in business and why?
As a regional director, my team and I are working hard to support female entrepreneurs starting-up their own businesses. We want women to have the same opportunities as men when it comes to running their own businesses. We recognise that businesses with gender-diverse management teams perform better and we want to continue attracting, developing and retaining the top female talent in the UK.
Which act of generosity has inspired you the most and why?
I recently heard from Tchad Western, chief fundraising officer of the Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield. Tchad left me feeling truly inspired due to the work the hospital does to help poorly children.A big focus for the charity is to secure funding for the high-tech machines that cost millions of pounds to buy and operate. Over and above this, the charity works to create positive experiences for patients with brain tumours during treatment. Children are encouraged to choose the lighting in the treatment room and their favourite DVD to watch to try and keep them distracted from what can be a stressful experience. Each child is then given the DVD to take home as a positive keepsake. The charity has also introduced a way of letting patients feel comfort from their parents when they are being treated. A red ribbon is fed through a glass panel, allowing their child to tug on this during treatment to know they are not alone. Tched and his team have left me feeling very humbled by the work being delivered and I look forward to working with the hospital, and other fantastic charities, in the future.