Charities, Challenges and Fascinating Facts

The Lively Business Club’s September meeting was enlightening, learning about the backgrounds and experiences of several of our members.


We heard the story of an amazing feat by Hugh Strickland and his 15 year-old son, John, who had completed the Welsh 3000s Challenge in aid of Action on Hearing Loss (alias RNID).

Travelling from the Summit of Snowdon via another 13 peaks to Foel Fras in appalling weather in a miraculous time of 12 hours 51 minutes meant that John achieved the fastest time ever for an under 17 to complete the challenge.

After this fascinating talk we heard about some of the backgrounds and experiences of other Lively Business Club members and guests which included parachuting and paragliding, working for the fire service in London, volunteering as a first responder with the Welsh Ambulance Service, working as a clinical psychologist, organising the first conference on psychological management after major trauma, development of trauma management services for the emergency services, qualifying as a lawyer, helping people achieve freedom from stress by offering alternative choices, acting as a mediator between directors, business exit strategies, management buy-outs and setting up co-operative businesses on ethical principles.

Any business can become a co-operative by adding co-operative values to their business model – democracy, openness, equality and social responsibility are the co-operative principles which many businesses follow anyway.


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