Week 16 - Marie Curie | NJIB
For somebody going into the hospice for end of life care, having a nice, bright, clean and fresh room, to him or her, really does make all the difference. Luckily, I didn't manage to get too much paint splattered over me!
The afternoon was then spent with another lovely volunteer doing the late tea round just before dinner. It was then when I got to interact with the patients and the reality of being at a hospice really hit home. Regardless of whether these people do go home after a short stay or not, they are at the end of their life. But, the level of care and attention given during their stay was apparent at every corner. I felt proud, in a small way, to be contributing to that level of care and even by giving a cup of tea and a biscuit to the individuals I came into contact with felt good.
Wednesday night saw me on a mad dash over to London to my meeting bright an early Thursday morning with Dr Jane Collins, the chief exec of Marie Curie. The former chief exec of Great Ormond Street hospital, she knows a thing or two about running a large organisation. I must say, she was wonderful. A personable lady who within seconds of me walking into her office was keen to show me her incredible view across London. Spanning from Battersea power station to the London eye, she has an envious spot. We had a short laugh and giggle in front of a camera and then got down to business. She was very gracious in giving me 20 minutes of her time which we talked about the charity at a top line level and how it operates with just over 4,000 staff and 10,000 volunteers. When you get to the size that Marie Curie has it comes with its own set of issues on a much larger scale but with a much larger social impact. Everybody knows the yellow daffodil and because of that, last year alone 500 community volunteer leaders raised just over £4m for the charity. With that level of support and community buy in, the charity really does have an incredible advantage.
After a few more meetings across the London HQ my day was cut slightly short. I had an evening of glamour planned. Putting on my newly bought Tuxedo.
I headed over to Central London to a top hotel for the Drum Marketing Awards, where the Nicest Job in Britain and VIVA were nominated for an award. It was a glorious evening and even though we were piped to the post by another incredible marketing strategy, it really was an honour to be in the same room as some of the biggest and most prestigious agencies and brands in the world. It really does go to show what you can achieve when you put your mind, body and soul into something you passionately believe in.
Here is to another incredible week with Great Western Air Ambulance.