Help us to Help others
Lisa began her working life as a Leisure and Recreation Coach, employed within the Leisure Services Department at Harlow District Council. Lisa trained at the North London Polytechnic as a coach in various sports and qualified thereafter as a Community Sports Coach.
Subsequent years saw her changing direction as she moved into Marketing and became employed as a Marketing Officer for three local authority leisure centres.
In 2007 Lisa re-trained as a Photographer and thereafter became a freelance reportage photographer and In 2008 she began volunteering as the official photographer for St Clare Hospice in Essex. Lisa later became employed by St Clare as an Event Fundraiser and that was where her passion for working within the Charity/Third Sector began.
Lisa's charity experience includes having worked for and volunteered with, St Clare Hospice, NSPCC, Diabetes UK and MIND.
Lisa's inspiration to join BEARS
It was one evening around mid-night last December, when there was a loud knock on the front door, it was an official knock, the kind that we all fear hearing. It took a few seconds to think and to realise that not everyone who lives in my home, had returned home safe and sound that evening!
At the door stood a policeman who asked if we were relatives of Mr ***** (a family member)...
It was announced that Mr***** had been involved in a serious road traffic accident whilst cycling home, and had sustained serious injuries.
Mr***** is very fortunate to have survived such a serious accident, but this may not have been the same outcome if it were not for two off duty Paramedics, that happened to be passing the scene of the accident that night. The Paramedics who fortunately carried emergency life saving equipment with them on board their car, coupled with their expertise meant that they were able to stabilise Mr***** at the scene to a level that allowed the ambulance personnel to be able to transport him safely to hospital.Although the wonderful paramedics that helped to save Mr***** life were not members of BEARS, this type of voluntary pre-hosptial care is the kind that BEARS themselves provide throughout Essex on a 24/7 basis.
Exciting Times Ahead
My sole purpose when joining BEARS back in August 2015, was to begin to build a firm foundation for the BEARS Charity fundraising activities to grow from. To date, we have rebranded BEARS and have an exciting strategic plan for awareness creation and fundraising activities.
April 2016 saw the Launch of BEARS dedicated response car in the county, as the scheme commenced the new initiative. The 'Enhanced Care Car' can now be seen on the roads of Essex and is usually be staffed by two clinicians. With proposed future funding we will have the most up to date pre-‐hospital care equipment on board from advanced patient monitoring to a device that automates delivery of chest compressions.
We have new supporters joining bears, one of which is a young man 'Chris Boakes' (26yrs) who is planning to take on a 100 mile cycle ride raising funds for BEARS, he will be cycling from Harlow to Norwich in September 2017. Chris' Virgin Money Giving page is now live.