Fate brings people into your life for a reason.
Some people are with you for a short time, others may remain for longer, and some forge strong bonds that last a lifetime!
Fate introduced me to Tony Kelly.
Our connection on the LinkedIn platform quickly led to a conversation about ways in which I thought he could tell his story and bring the important work that Red Card Gambling Support Project do to the right audience.
I’ve dealt with addiction first-hand during my career.
My operational time in HR often found me supporting colleagues who were seeking help. This experience taught me about addictive behaviour and the triggers that can set people down that particular road.
In addition to gambling, I helped people deal with an unhealthy dependency on drugs, alcohol, food, and sex.
I sometimes saw colleagues at their lowest point, but I also shared in their joy when they ‘overcame their personal demons’, finding health and happiness once more.
My career first took me into the world of hotels and hospitality.
Learning was ‘hands on’, and I rose through the ranks from chambermaid to Executive Head Housekeeper.
And this was during the 80’s, a time of excess and money.
I witnessed ‘champagne lifestyles’ close-up, casinos were extremely popular, and losing was for wimps!
But I also saw many colleagues fall prey to the ‘work hard, play harder’ culture, and sadly, not all my friends made it through the decade.
Once I’d attained my own hotel career goal, it felt the right time to leave hospitality and transfer my skills to another industry.
Still in love with my London life, I was in no rush to leave the capital city, so I moved into recruitment for hotels, catering, and events, making good use of the network I’d built up over the years.
But it was love that finally enticed me away from London, I met my partner and relocated to Cambridgeshire with him.
After a couple of years working for a local legal firm as their HR Manager, I took the decision to return to a more corporate role when Tesco built a huge distribution centre in Peterborough.
A dozen happy years soon flew by, but when a long line of company restructures coincided with the death of my father, I decided to take redundancy and try my hand at something new.
And I’ve never looked back!
I was invited to join The Chrysalis Crew and found myself swapping corporate for creative!
This role has taken my love of writing to a whole new level, and I create content for several businesses in addition to my work within HR and social media for the Crew.
I love helping others to tell their stories, we’ve all got a tale to tell, and I enjoy supporting people build their online audience authentically.
The glamour and glitz of gambling can be a thin veneer at times, and what lies beneath can be ugly and unhealthy, making the work that Tony Kelly and Red Card do essential.
I’m proud to wave a ‘Red Card’ to educate, build awareness and help prevent addiction to problem gambling.