As Patron It was an absolute pleasure to be invited by Film Volt to represent Groundwork at the Film Premiere of The Valley in London.
I traveled with Cara Thompson, Janet Rose and Groundwork’s young ambassadors Katie and Laura Hunt.
The young ambassadors were Championing Mental Health as the films story-line was tackling mental health and self confidence issues which were of interest to them.
In life we take so many things for granted, the food we eat, the places we meet and how we arrive at our destinations.
And after watching Katie and Laura take their first train ride and experience their first film Premiere on such a big scale, with the press and cameras snapping away every second was enough to scare anyone away. Yet Katie and Laura embraced every second of it and greeted every stranger with a smile and so the strangers became friends and everyone in the room knew exactly what Groundwork stood for.
Below Katie and Laura presenting Saila Kariat the Director/Producer of The Valley with Best Female Director award from "Out of the Can Film Festival"
They networked with Lords, Actors, Directors and gave awards out to various key people of influence in the media industry and shone brighter than any star in the room.
These incredible two young women are a true representation for tackling barriers and fears head on. Seeing them glowing on stage will be a memory I will hold in my memory box for the rest of my life.
These young inspiring ambassadors have shown the world that you don’t have to change so that people will like you, just be yourself and the right people will find you, love and respect you for who you are.
So my take away message from spending time with these incredible women is never let a stumble in the road be the end of your journey. Because we all are playing a part in our own movie and how it’s directed is up to us .
A BIG thank you goes out to Cara Thompson and Janet Rose for organising everything for us, and despite the challenging weather conditions we had to face and overcome, we all made it there and there’s so many exciting opportunities on the horizon thanks to Groundwork and Mark Busby at Film Volt.