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These stories from the winners of Ealing’s Pride in Our People Awards will inspire you

14 May 2014
These stories from the winners of Ealing’s Pride in Our People Awards will inspire you

Our CEO, Richard Palfreeman spent last night celebrating Ealing’s unsung heroes at the Ealing Pride In Our People annual awards from the Ealing Gazette and the University of West London.

At this glittering event, our CEO said that the thing that shone the most was “..the incredibly inspiring stories of this remarkable group of people.”

Richard Palfreeman, Northfields CEO with Angie Bray MP who nominated one of the other award winners.

Last year Northfields, was nominated in the business category.  Richard was celebrated as “an award winning estate agent renowned for investing in his staff by giving them the best training.”

This year Richard decided to give back by becoming involved in praising those people who give of their time, effort and energy, as sponsors of the Business Champion category at the Pride in People Awards.

“Just hearing the stories of these amazing people who have come up with innovative ideas, all designed to help and support those people around them makes me feel so very proud to be a part of this community”, says Richard.

Pride in our People awards Richard Palfreeman with Business Champion award winners
Richard Palfreeman our CEO with the winners of the Business Champion awards, from left to right Ciaran Biggins, Richard Palfreeman, Swapnil Gadgil & Catherine Hansla. Photo used with kind permission of the Ealing Gazette / Get West London

Three individuals were acknowledged in the Business Champions category.  Read their stories:

Catherine Hansla from All Original

“I thought I have to make this work. It’s great for the community – but it has saved me too”

Catherine has established a local business that is all about supporting local artisans through her retail space, providing places for local jewellery makers, potters and crafts people to display and sell their work.  She also fosters creativity and community spirit with a workshop space where people can gather to learn new creative skills and socialise.  Catherine’s story is that much more remarkable as she lost her husband this year and yet continues to support others.

Ciaran Biggins from Mindfood

“His focus is not on creating something ‘cool’ but rather on creating something that can transform people’s lives.”

Ciaran Biggins co-founded Mindfood, a socially motivated enterprise that seeks to help people dealing with mental health issues.  Through learning to grow their own fruit and veg and then selling it at Acton Market each week, Ciaran hopes that by getting in touch with the land and doing so in a group environment will help feel people feel less socially isolated.  Mindfood has so far helped 30 people between the ages of 15-71 and 77% of them say they feel happier, 85% feel calmer and 90% have made friendships that make them feel less alone.

Swapnil Gadgil from Therapy Box

“I have seen first-hand how these apps can help people communicate with a puff of air or the twitch of a finger.”

Swapnil Gadgil and his wife Rebecca Bright co-founded Therapy Box.  Using his significant experience in telecoms Swapnil creates apps that help people with disabilities to communicate.  Through affordable, easy to use devices and apps aimed at providing therapy and communication to those with disabilities like cerebral palsy, autism or brain injuries  – people who might not otherwise be able to express themselves can suddenly be given a voice.

Inspiration to Be: Amazing

Richard Palfreeman says of these outstanding achievers in the Business Champion category, “At Northfields we have 7 core principles that guide our company culture and one of those is ‘Be:amazing’ and I think that Catherine, Ciaran and Swapnil all show exactly what it is to Be: Amazing! What an inspiration! Congratulations to you all for your outstanding achievements.”