I never thought I would be telling a story about how a man, who I have met but has never disclosed his real name to me, would sell advertising space on his blog to help me raise money for Sparks.
For those of you not in the know, there is a group of us who met on
Twitter and unwittingly formed a ‘gang’ that will forever more be associated with the hashtag #socreccamp.
We are effectively a bunch of jokers (well, HR and Recruitment
professionals mostly) that on the face of it wish each other good morning
every day, take the piss out of each other mercilessly and support each
other through both work related and personal hard times. We share industry knowledge, occasionally lock horns in ‘in-house vs recruiter’ discussions -but the long and short of it for me, is that these people might have started as social media buddies – but are now cherished, special, ‘real life’ friends.
It’s difficult to remember the very first conversations I had with most of
my #socreccamp buddies, except for @TheHRD.
The first exchange I had with @TheHRD on Twitter was discussing seagulls. I live by the sea and they are a great irritation for a number of reasons. I remember our exchange vividly because he was giving me instructions as to how to bait them with bicarbonate of soda hidden in bread. He alleged that this might infact mean that the bird actually exploded, although of course his advice was not from real experience and of course I didn’t entertain his suggestion for even a moment…..
His honesty was refreshing, he was hilariously funny and he said the sort
of things that most of us could only dream of saying in the public domain – but then he writes anonymously and can get away with it! 😉 – what he kept well hidden initially is that he is also one of the kindest, nicest guys you could meet.
I found myself getting stressed out about the training and fundraising
for my Kilimanjaro trek one weekend back in October – @TheHRD picked up on this during a conversation we were having on Twitter. ‘Did I want any help?’ – ‘Yes, please!’ was my response. He went off to think about what he might be able to do, I never dreamt he would come up with such an amazing gesture.
His idea? To sell advertising space on his very well read blog. He
changed the format, blogged about my trek and the charity I am supporting and then we waited. We had no idea quite what would happen, but the results have been amazing. £1000 raised for Sparks charity.
5 companies advertising – you can see them here –
http://www.myhellisotherpeople.com – and a generous donation by @TheHRD himself.
I have been finding it hard today to find the words to say thank you to
someone who I know so little about, but who has done so much for me. @TheHRD has now been elevated to superhero status (he hides his real identity and I am sure I caught a glimpse of him wearing pants over his trousers at #socrecampcamp and of course he rescued me just at the right time!)…….so thanks Theo, from the bottom of my heart. The words just don’t seem enough….
Massive love and thanks also to the rest of the #socreccamp crew –
@LisaScales – best buddy, confidant and chief supporter
@GaryFranklin – great friend and chief hugger, blog inspiration.
@WendyJacob – fab friend and great shoulder on those off days…
@MervynDinnen – thanks for pushing me to get started with the blogging and your friendship just when it’s needed the most
@AndyHeadworth – for transforming my blog into something I could be proud of, and his continued WordPress support!
@SaraHeadworth and @Stephenodonn – for providing a welcome distraction with regular Word with Friends games! (Stephen, can you lighten up a bit?! I’d like to win sometimes….!!)
@Garelaos @Petergold99 @James_Mayes – for making me laugh on a daily
basis, sometimes with you and sometimes at you, my Twitter wouldn’t be the same without you all!
@alexhens and @mattalder – for sponsoring me twice, each. Thanks boys x