We love having Chemogiftbags as part of our Connect Reading community. Lynne Shipton, Founder of Chemogiftbags, took some time to answer some questions and tell us all about the organisation and how we can connect with all they’re doing.
What was your biggest challenge last year?
I think this answer will be the same for many…. COVID-19, but we didn’t stand still, we wrote new PPE policies to implement due to COVID.
We applied for grants, but because we had decided to refrain from offering our Chemogiftbags, we were no longer “front liners”, meaning no one would look at our applications. It was survival and still is, but we have adapted and learned from this awful experience and we are where we are, moving forward. Fortunately, still here with a positive attitude, which is an asset to any charity as so many times you will get negatives.
What have you learned?
As a charity, we are always wanting things now, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, and other people do not always work at your pace so you have to be patient. It is always about moving forward.
What has been your biggest creative triumph as an organisation?
Becoming a charity in less than a year, winning an award for Organisation Champion.
Our live Afternoon Tea events for up to 100 guests. Such hard work, but such good fun!
Our new website. None of this could be done without our volunteers and ambassadors they are the essence and backbone of allowing us to operate, without these lovely people we could not do what we do.
Finally, it has to be the recipients that we offer this service to, they are all so appreciative of receiving our Chemogiftbags.
Why did you join Connect Reading?
What are you most looking forward to?
Being able to get back and be with the people we support. Talking to them face to face, (at a safe distance) and hopefully being able to put on our live events and meeting the public.
Also learning how we can implement being better at what we do.
How can people connect with you and support what you’re doing?