Not even Storm Doris could keep the formidable Ladies in London network from coming together for a very special evening, the first for 2017.
Greeted by the warm hospitality of R.M Williams, our hosts for the night, rain-soaked coats were whisked away and replaced with Dickie Fitz schnitzel-sized canapes and chilled wine thrust into our hands.
A bit different to any event we’ve held before, the night’s purpose was to celebrate life, address what it feels like to lose loved ones and the incredible power of human connection and how it can bring us back from the brink.
With words like “death” and “cancer” still such a taboo topic of conversation, it takes a strong individual to tackle it head on, so personally and yet in such a public form.
The LiL network welcomed key speaker, Rachael Chadwick, an inspiring young woman who wanted to find a way to pay tribute to her mum, after losing her to cancer just 16 days after diagnosis.
The trauma, pain, shock and grief pushed her to take action and reach out to others going through a similar experience. And she did this not tweeting, texting or email – but writing postcards, to people, all over the world. Her story has inspired many and is captured in her book 60 Postcards.
Rachael’s book and story went global and she has been written about in all mainstream press.
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With a captive audience of more than 50 guests, Rachael honestly and eloquently told the story of losing her mum, navigating the minefields of friends and colleagues reactions and consequently planning her trip to Paris to honour her mother’s memory. Every person in the room had been affected by cancer – someone, somewhere, sometime and shared her anguish. Rachael then invited the now quite emotional “professional networker” throng to partake in sharing their own words on postcards scattered around the RM Williams space and deposit them around London.
With wine and animated conversations flowing, we were reminded how important it is to take stock, take the time and catch up with people. In real time….. old school style, not just a flurry of Whatsapp group texts and emails. Amazing connections were made and contact details exchanged. Ladies in London networking at its best – be gone Storm Doris.