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Cedar Garden Sessions: Richie Stephens

The marquee has been and gone and we can barely believe we are now releasing our May edition of Cedar Garden Sessions, where as always, Hannah, Digital & Web Manager, interviews a member of the Penny Brohn UK team to find out more about them and the work they do behind the scenes to keep our services up and running.

This month, Hannah speaks with Richie Stephens, who has been at Penny Brohn just a few weeks, as our brilliant Centre Caretaker.

Richie, thank you for joining me in the Cedar Garden on this lovely sunny day. We can’t sit in the Cedar House as our gardeners are busy varnishing the floor but it’s nice to sit out in the sun!

Yes! It’s lovely out here today. We’ve had the office door open all morning to let the breeze in, which has been great!

Ah, you’re lucky to have that office. So tell me, how did you come to work for Penny Brohn UK?

Well, I’ve been here about 8 weeks now. I spotted an add on a jobs page where the name “Penny Brohn UK” jumped out at me. Being totally honest I had no idea what or who Penny Brohn was, so I googled it and immediately knew I had to at least try for the job! The prospect of helping others really appealed to me… and I definitely made the right decision.

That’s brilliant. It was meant to be! So what does your role of Centre Caretaker involve?

Well, my day starts at 7[am], working alongside the House Keeping Team; then after that I prepare rooms for pre-booked external meetings and group client sessions, often setting up laptops and projectors, different table and chair layouts requested from the organisers… that sort of thing. The end result is to make sure that clients and guests feel secure and welcome.

Sounds like a big responsibility! And that isn’t all you do because we often see you in the office too!

Yep, the next part of my day is set aside to maintain the building and grounds, attend any urgent maintenance issues and to support staff with their day.

And an excellent job you do too! What is the most exciting thing you are working on at the moment?

Well, the facilities and fundraising teams have worked closely on a number of events at the Centre over the last 2 weeks, with hundreds of paying guests, 6 comedians, a live band and one enormous marquee. Not to mention the everyday running and maintenance of the building and grounds. I enjoyed every second of it and working alongside other departments was a great way of meeting people.

What a month to start on! Marquee May is always a hectic one. So, I know you’ve only been here a short time, but what would you say is your favourite part of the job?

Oh, my favourite part of the job is not knowing what to expect. I like to help people and appreciate a challenge. I enjoy problem solving and I’m supported by a fantastic team, which allows me to do this. The gardens are amazing. Penny Brohn is a really positive place, not only due to the staff but also because of the work we do here which has a massive impact on people’s lives.

You’ve certainly been put to the test over the last month, that’s for sure! SO, finally, what is your favourite dunking biscuit? 

Without a doubt Bourbon. So versatile and good for at least a 3-second dunk without breaking.

I’m loving the specific timings! And I have to agree, a Bourbon is a good dunker!

Thanks to Richie for joining me in the Cedar Garden this month. It was great to hear about his brilliant work across the organisation. The biscuit leader board has been shaken up this month with Bourbons creeping up the chart!

We’ll be back here with another member of the Penny Brohn team next month. So keep an eye out for the next Cedar Garden Sessions.

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