Neil is a community pharmacist with a varied career most recently as Store Operating Model Manager at Well Pharmacy. Here he tells us why he’ll be braving the cold of the English Channel to raise money for Pharmacist Support!
Tell us a little about yourself
I’ve had a varied career from store management, area management, Head Office roles in Central Operations, innovation & technology and more recently as a Strategic Lead in transformation. I qualified as a pharmacist in 2002 from Robert Gordon University and have always been involved in swimming from an early age and to swim the Channel is me chasing a dream since I was 12 years old.
It was an easy decision. The role of a pharmacist has become increasingly complex over the years, even since I qualified. I think anything that can be done to fundraise and help raise the profile of Pharmacist Support can only be a good thing and will extend the reach of the charities important work in supporting pharmacists and families when they need it most.
What hero fundraising activities do you have planned?
I am swimming the English Channel from Folkstone to France as as part relay team – Fin-Ternational on Sunday 16th September 2018. This may take anything up to 20 hours depending on tides, currents, ferries and jellyfish encounters! I am promoting my challenge on social media and directing people to donate to my JustGiving page, and to raise even more money I have handed out over 150 smarties tubes to colleagues in the Well Head Office, and asked for them to be returned full of 20p’s!
Why is the charity important to you?
For me it’s about giving back something to the profession. I have been fortunate in the support I have had from my family, friends, employers and colleagues throughout my career. I recognise this is not the same for everyone, and that is why it’s so important to have a charity like Pharmacist Support to help those in the profession when they need it.
Why do you think others should join the Pharmacist Support Fundraising Hero Team?
We should all be in this together, we are one profession and should support eachother. Others should join the Pharmacist Support team to make sure that the charity will continue to be here to help people for many years to come.