by Emma Storey
2020 is seeing Just Williams adopt multiple charities throughout the year, chosen by staff members as causes close to their heart *no pun intended…*
As many of you may already know why Just Williams is choosing to support The British Heart Foundation in the first quarter of 2020 – but for those of you who don’t know; here’s why…
I am a true ‘family gal’, with a really close connection with my parents, siblings, aunts, uncles etc. This is important as my Dad, a bit of a legend in Teesside after teaching in secondary schools for over 50 years(?!); suffered cardiac arrest at home at the end of August. He was resuscitated and taken to North Tees where he suffered a further cardiac arrest – was resuscitated AGAIN before spending a week with the unbelievable Critical Care team; but unfortunately on 1st September; a third arrest took him. Nobody can say he wasn’t ‘tough as boots’ to have survived so much.
However, given that he had no previous cardiac diagnosis or condition – the fact he died so suddenly has left a huge, un-fillable whole in mine and my family’s lives. But, the support and understanding I received from the Just Williams team was incredible – allowing me time to spend with my family until I was ready to return to work.
As a result I wanted to ‘do my bit’ to make sure that at some point in the future other families may not have to go through the same heartache; losing someone close. That is why I am choosing The British Heart Foundation.
On Friday 14th February we will be hosting a Valentine’s Heart Party at Fusion Hive from 11am-1pm, where we will be selling delicious baked goods, running a Secret Tombola and an amazing raffle! Then, at 12.30 I’m running a short quiz where the victorious team will take home the (soon-to-be coveted) Hive Heart Champion Trophy! We’ll be running little games and competitions on the day and will release information on how to purchase raffle tickets in advance very soon – but it would make a wonderful difference to see as many of you there as possible!
Please help us support The British Heart Foundation, and beat heartbreak forever!
Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like to be involved (you don’t have to be a Fusion Hive resident to join us either!) on firstname.lastname@example.org