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It’s the little things that make a big difference.

When I caught up with Jayne Walder, Director of Walder Events earlier this month, it became apparent that a big part of what she does is focused on giving back, here's how.

 "We live a modest life, we work hard, long hours and we want the best for our family, but we appreciate the stability we offer our kids is a dream for some, for many they just aren’t as lucky.  So, we’re big into giving back.

We have such an extensive contacts list and when an opportunity comes up to make a tiny difference, we grab it with both hands.  We’re very honoured to work in the luxury market, in such a wonderful environment, working in beautiful hotels with their stunning grounds and buildings steeped in history, so it’s important we give back personally when we can.  I don’t mean financially, I mean giving back in time and effort, working with some incredibly generous contacts from my little black book to help raise much-needed funds for fantastic causes. There’s a feel-good factor in that.

Through my husband’s job as a London Fireman we came into contact with a London based charity which helps teens.  This self-funded charity helps inner city kids, who might be struggling in their current circumstances, to provide support and sponsorship, so they can experience things they might otherwise never have the chance to share, like a sailing day out on the water or a walking holiday in the open forest.

I’ve also been extremely privileged to be part of the Great Ormond St Hospital committee for some years now, helping to organize their massive fundraising ball, tapping into my contacts list to source some amazing prizes; Heathfield House donated themselves for a weekend, that went for £20,000.  Last month my fabulous contacts helped us raise over £30,000, thanks to the sale of a Michael Turner sculpture, an overnight stay at The George Hotel, on the Isle of Wight followed by lunch at The Hut. In Colwell Bay as well as celebrity Chef Tom Kerridge, giving up some precious time in his diary to cook for a private party in their home one evening.

As always with these things it’s a team effort and I’m so lucky to have a fabulous team at my disposal!"

 Time of Writing - Early March 2020

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