Continuing our Day in the Life feature, giving an insight into the work we do here at Climb, and showcasing the different roles that the team performs, their aspirations, celebrations and the challenges that they face.
Today we are putting our Senior Family Advisor Rachel Evans in the spotlight! Many of you will know Rachel as she is the point of contact for all family support, contact network and galaxy tribute enquiries. Rachel has a lovely, caring nature and brings a much needed calming presence to ClimbHQ!
Name: Rachel Evans
Position: Senior Family Advisor
How long have you worked at Climb? I am coming up to my ten year anniversary in August of this year
Tell us a little bit about your role and what you do on a day to day basis
I support all families and professionals covering all Inherited Metabolic Conditions, offering invaluable information, advice and emotional support. This includes being there through all stages of bereavement. I run Climb’s Family Contact Network, this is a successful service open to all who would like contact with other families who also care or who have cared for a child/adult with the same or a similar metabolic condition.
What keeps you motivated to come to work each day?
The families that I help are my motivation, and of course the fabulous team at Climb
What do you like best about your job?
Knowing that I have been able to help and support the families – it’s a great feeling of accomplishment. Also, when I meet with the families, putting a face to a name
What are the main challenges you face and how do you tackle them?
Making sure that I find the best support for all families, having the knowledge to answer all enquiries to the best of my ability or finding the answers from the most reliable sources should I need to call on them for their advice
Do you have any funny stories from work?
Eeek!!!! This probably doesn’t sound funny to anyone else but a few years ago now at a conference where we took the children to Dudley zoo. The children wanted us to take them down lots and lots of steps, we had wheelchairs and it really wasn’t an easy thing to do….or indeed sensible! But they all wanted to go that way so that is what we did, we all laughed and anyone watching would have thought we were all raving mad for even thinking of entertaining doing such a silly thing. We didn’t care we all had fun!!
What is your proudest achievement at Climb?
Publicly speaking at a charity ball in memory of Esme Blore-Rimmer on 21st November 2015 at Bedford’s school ‘Great Hall’. Standing up and speaking to an audience is not my sort of thing, I remember being so nervous, wanting to make the right impression and not to make a fool of myself, however, I was extremely honoured to have been invited to such an event.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Spend quality time with my three children, the family dog and rabbit. I enjoy walking, swimming, cinema, shopping, gardening to name a few, but my main passion is CrossFit , this is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more, all good fun!!!
And finally, a few quick fire questions, just for fun!
Favourite colour? Pink
The last film you watched? Bridget Jones
Favourite song? Songbird by Oasis
Who would play you in a film about your life? Gwyneth Paltrow
Coffee or Tea? Black coffee
Thank you Rachel, we are looking forward to celebrating your ten year anniversary in August!