Everyday Hero Nominee – Kirsty Raywood


Everyday Hero Nominee – Kirsty Raywood

Everyday Hero Nominee

Kirsty Raywood

LIVES HQ Head of Sales

 

About Kirsty

I’m Head of Sales at LIVES, working with companies in Lincolnshire and the rest of the UK who are looking for Training that LIVES can supply. I’ve been at LIVES for 11 years and still as passionate about the work we do today as I was 11 years ago.  I have previously been a Responder for Revesby and District Group and mainly covered Mareham le Fen.

What do you feel has been your biggest challenge

My biggest challenge during Lockdown has been sourcing PPE to keep our Responders safe and on the road. Normal supply chains were either closed or out of stock, and cost of these items were growing daily. I had to search daily and plead to source what we needed. I also found the guidance of the correct PPE changed frequently and we had be really careful that our PPE was correct. On a more personal angle, I found lockdown quite hard as I wasn’t able to do my own job, like my wings had been clipped. Also, not having the usual people in the office to bounce ideas off and chat through work was really hard.

What has stood out to you during lockdown

Teamwork! The whole of LIVES has really pulled together. I was previously in the military and it really felt like that, a tight-knit work family who supported each other on work tasks and on a personal level. We knew the challenge ahead of us, but we saw the best of our teams and our networks. Local businesses, such as PIN GIN and Holland & Barratt, supporting the charity when we needed it most.

Are there you positives you found during this time?

LIVES has really taken the hurdles of social distancing and working from home and found different ways of learning . The good news stories we gathered such as the Clinell Wipe Challenge and taking our learning online showed we had a great level of resilience. I saw LIVES in its’ best light, we shone as a team, even though the challenges were there.  I found time to do the activities at home that I hadn’t done for so long! Baking, cycling- and it was nice to have some time to do activities that were more for me.

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