Organiser of the Month - Nicola Wright
27th September 2019
We love hearing about all of the incredible things our Organisers do to use their businesses to give back to their local community. September's Organiser of the Month has shown great courage and resolve to make a real difference to schools in her local area, raising awareness of a very important cause in the process.
Nicola was nominated by her team member, Melissa Timms:
"At the beginning of the year, Nicola went through a very tragic personal experience. As a result, she decided that she wanted to help as many young people as possible by working on a Community Book Pledge, setting out with the aim of raising £200 to provide books that offer mental health support to local schools.
Nicola worked on her Community Book Pledge in various ways, casting her doubts aside and pushing herself to try new things even when she was nervous. She raised £1,000 to buy new books, which will be hand-delivered to 28 different schools in her area this term.
I have so much admiration for the courage and determination she has shown throughout what has been an extremely difficult time in her life. Nicola is also my sister, and I couldn't be prouder of her!"
Nicola shares her Usborne story with us:
"I joined Usborne in November 2018. I'm a mum of three and I also work three days a week, so I was looking for something that fitted round my existing commitments. My sister was already an Usborne Organiser and I was buying books from her each month. She kept on saying to me: "Why don't you join? What's the best that could happen?". The free books that I could provide my children with and having a little extra money for treats and days out were my biggest incentives - so I took the plunge and joined!
Whilst I patiently waited for my kit to arrive I set up my website and Facebook page. It was so exciting opening my kit, and I still get excited when an order arrives now. I think it might actually be my favourite part!
What I love about Usborne is the ability it gives you to support your community. I ran my first Community Book Pledge for the Paediatric Emergency Department at my local hospital. I was able to donate £200 worth of books, which gave me a huge sense of achievement.
This year has been a difficult one for personal reasons but, due to Usborne's flexibility, I was able to put my business on hold until I was ready to start again. After a few weeks, I was back and ready to put plans in place for my next Community Book Pledge. This was important to me for many reasons: it gave me focus, the ability to give back to my community and, most importantly, the ability to raise awareness of mental health issues.
My main focus was fundraising to donate books supporting mental health awareness to schools. Through cake sales, raffles, a GoFundMe page and support from local businesses, I was able to raise £1,000 which meant I could donate £1,600 worth of books to 28 schools.
This was an amazing but very difficult experience for me. I hope that the books I've been able to donate help normalise talking about feelings and emotions, and provide children with the knowledge that it's OK to talk, it's OK to ask for help and that there are people out there who can offer support.
I am looking forward to my future with Usborne and working with even more schools, nurseries and scouting groups. I have lots of stalls coming up, which I really enjoy. I'm also able to take my children along with me - they do a great job of handing out leaflets and eating cake!
The support from Melissa has been incredible. She's always there when I have a question or want to discuss an idea with her. She's amazing at what she does and a complete inspiration! The wider Usborne community is also so helpful and full of support and encouragement. I just wish I had joined sooner!"
Congratulations, Nicola, and thank you for sharing your story with us. A copy of our September Book of the Month will be on its way to you very soon.
Nominations for Organiser of the Month...
We look forward to receiving all nominations. You may nominate yourself or any other Organiser. Please email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name and Organiser number. Good luck!