Victoria Hanson of Hampers for Heroes

How my lockdown venture changed my life

Victoria Hanson, a working mum-of-four, set up Hampers for Heroes during the first lockdown when her work diary emptied. She wanted to show her appreciation to the key workers who were doing so much to keep us safe and began delivering wellbeing hampers to say thanks. Here she talks about how Hampers for Heroes has grown to become a community interest company with an army of volunteers, reaching tens of thousands of key workers. She also tells how she has had to adapt to becoming the public face of the organisation, raising awareness through local, national and international media. Even …

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Caring Staffordshire start-up supports children in women’s refuge with Buddy Bag pack

Staff at a community-focused Burton business filled 180 backpacks of essential items and teddies for children escaping violent homes.  The first Buddy Bag pack at Payaro gave its team a hands-on insight into the charity they have pledged to support with £10,000 a year.  Payaro directors Danny and Lee Dunne then delivered some of the bags to a local women’s refuge.   They were joined by Karen Williams OBE, founder of the Buddy Bag Foundation, which funds the supplies to children entering emergency accommodation entirely through donations.  Payaro is a new start-up where every time a payment is made through its payment technology, a share …

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Three quick tips for pre-recorded TV news interviews

Three quick tips for pre-recorded TV news interviews

Three quick tips for pre-recorded TV news interviews Face to face TV interviews for news or magazine programmes are still happening, now with social distancing measures in place and strict adherence to current guidelines on avoiding the spread of Covid-19. Or they may be conducted over a video conferencing platform like Zoom. This week we’ve been working with clients to arrange TV interviews for: BBC ITV Channel 4 Local TV West Midlands There’s lots of advice about how to prepare for interviews and how to conduct them available online. Here are three quick practical tips we’ve been sharing with clients …

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