I had the pleasure of hearing one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs of our time speak last Monday at a national convention for business owners.
The speaker’s name is Fraser Doherty or some call him Jamboy.
To say that Fraser blew the roof off the room of over 900 UK business owners is an understatement.
The thing that got me all inspired though, apart from his engaging back story, his ability to answer pressing questions off the cuff with aplomb and charm; oh and also his multi-million pound jam empire he kick-started at the age of 14 (and that was only 11 years ago now); yes, all very inspiring stuff, but in fact it was Fraser’s desire and passion to give back.
Fraser has started the Superjam Tea Parties where he encourages us to hold Tea Parties for the older members of our community in their nursing and care homes, or local tea room or even a sports hall. Superjam is served (having been donated by Fraser’s company) along with cake and scones, and some lovely dance hall tunes too.
Fraser’s talk included video of one of the Tea Parties he launched and to see people of a certain age dancing, eating scones and jam, drinking tea and generally feeling and looking like they’re having fun, was just awesome.
I know it’s easy to say that the wealthy amongst us should all be philanthropic in this way; actually, not just the wealthy. Indeed if we all looked out for our elders in this way, this country would surely be a better place to live.
In other countries, where it is very usual and part the culture to care for our more senior community members in a very respectful manner, they would be appalled at perhaps how we don’t hold our older people in the UK in such high esteem.
Maybe it is time to change this and volunteer to run or organise one of these Tea Parties?
Indeed if you’d like to find out more, you can do so here.
And we shall be doing our bit with a few of our clients once we’re able to find out more about the logistics and whether we’d be allowed to organise one of these for our client’s service users, given many of our clients are nursing homes, care homes and sheltered housing,
Superjam Tea Party