Category: Wellingborough & Great Doddington

Weetabix Delivers a Big Cheque to Cransley Hospice

Weetabix delivers a big cheque for £10,000 along with hampers, goody bags and product to the hard-working nurses and staff at Cransley Hospice.Weetabix donates to Cransley Hospice

To fundraise the incredible £10,000 over the past year, the staff at Weetabix held baking competitions, flash mobs, treasure hunts, bingo evenings and even a summer fundraising event with a giant Weetabix. Representatives from Cransley Hospice Trust also joined in with some of the events, including judging the baking competition.

The money raised by the staff was matched with £5,000 from Weetabix Food Company to bring the total to just over £10,000, making Weetabix one of Cransley Hospices most successful Charity of the Year Partnerships.

Stuart Branch, Group People and IT Director at Weetabix, said, “Giving back to the local Northamptonshire community is an important part of our charity ethos here at Weetabix and we’re very proud to have worked with Cransley Hospice. The staff have had a lot of fun raising the money, especially throwing wet sponges at each other during the Summer Fundraising Day and we are delighted to be able to donate £10,000 to Cransley, alongside hampers and goody bags for the staff at the hospice.”

Weetabix donates to Cransley Hospice Cransley Hospice has continued to provide specialist palliative care for patients with complex needs throughout the nationwide lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. It would be most welcome if there are more companies like Weetabix who could reach out and offer their support, especially as the fundraising events have been unable to continue, leaving the charity short by around £500k from income that would usually come from the community, the events, the retail and coffee shop.

Louise Preedy, Community Fundraising Manager at Cransley Hospice, said, “We are incredibly grateful to Weetabix and all the staff involved for choosing to support Cransley as their charity of the year.  We know too well the hard work and effort that goes into raising money and would like to thank everyone that has been involved. The money raised is more important than ever right now as it costs around £1.4M a year to run the hospice and during the lockdown many of our usual fundraising activities and events have had to stop.”


Nene Local Speaks to Wani Olatunde Photography

Wani Olatunde Photography is doing an interview with Nene Local Magazine who is seeing how local businesses and charities have been fairing during the pandemic ….

We spoke to Wani and  the owner and head photographer at the photography boutique Wani Olatunde Photography based in Milton Keynes.

Nene Local – Tell us more about what you doWani Olatunde Photography | nene local

I’m a wedding and portrait photographer but I like to say I photograph women. Wani Olatunde Photography is all about celebrating women and everything that is important to them.

This can range from offering authentic and modern headshots to help promote your business to beauty shoots that help our clients build their self-confidence and fall in love with themselves all over again. And of course, as hopeless romantics, weddings are just one big celebration of love, family and beautiful memories.


Nene Local – Has your business survived the pandemic?


It’s been pretty tough. As you can imagine, as a wedding and event photographer – a whole chunk of the business for the year was wiped out which was incredibly frustrating. Luckily, we’ve had the portraits end to fall back on and with things opening back up slowly – we’ve started booking clients in the studio again and that’s been reassuring.


Nene Local – Have you changed what you do – tell us how?


The business in essence hasn’t changed – we just have more safety precautions in place in line with the government guidelines. I think the main change for us has been around creating more online content. I was forced to move out of my comfort zone and think about how I could serve my clients without being able to actually photograph them. It’s certainly been an interesting period.


Nene Local – Have you learned any new skills during lockdown?


One thing I’m really proud of is the Headshots Challenge we ran over the lockdown period. Everyone was focused on improving their online presence during lockdown and a lot of people needed to update their pictures too. Although I couldn’t photograph them myself – I really wanted to find a way to support my community. We ran a 5 day headshot challenge which basically deconstructed the perfect headshot.

Every day we had a different expert in to talk about a different aspect of the headshot. We chatted about everything from what to wear, the right hair and makeup looks to posing tips and standing out on LinkedIn.

At the end of the challenge, all our attendees had to submit their best headshot using all our tips and there was a grand prize to be won. It was a really fun and informative challenge and we got lots of great feedback from our audience. I had never done a Facebook Live prior to lockdown, so it definitely took me out of my comfort zone but I was really glad we did it.


Nene Local – Are these going to benefit your business?


Most definitely. I’m learning to move out of my comfort zone and that video isn’t really so bad.  I’ll be doing a lot more Facebook and Instagram lives to help connect with my audience going forward. #watchthisspace


Nene Local – Have you learned any personal lessons in lockdown?


I think the most important thing lockdown has taught me is how to slow down. At the beginning of the year, I had a giant to do list that I just had to get through and when that didn’t happen thanks to the lockdown, I admit I had a bit of a freak out at the beginning. However, I’ve learnt the importance of being flexible and that self-imposed deadlines aren’t set in stone. I’ve also learned the importance of self-care and taking breaks to recharge.  I am grateful for that.


Nene Local – What changes (if any?) will you be making to your life or business as things get back to normal?


I’ll definitely be stuffing my day less and leaving more breathing room to take breaks. I’m also a lot more flexible about my deadlines, which feels a lot less overwhelming. I’ll be challenging myself more to think out of the box and be more solution focused. Resilience and adaptability will certainly be key to moving forward in our “new normal”.


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Carol Hill at Setfords Law – How has your Business Survived the Pandemic

Today’s interview is with Carol Hill – she is an independent family lawyer working with Setfords Solicitors.

I asked Carol to tell us more about what she does – As a family lawyer I deal with married and unmarried families advising and assisting on separation, divorce, financial matters and children issues.  I also prepare living together agreements and Pre-nuptial Agreements for those who want take care of their fina

Carol Hill at Setfords Law

Carol Hill at Setfords Law

ncial affairs before they enter into a relationship.

When asked did your business change during the lockdown? Carol said – My business has survived the pandemic.  I work from home, so things did not change for me workwise.  I had a lot of existing work which has continued and there have been some cases where court action has been required due to covid-19 issues and contact with children.

I have always offered telephone calls or Facetime or Whatsapp meetings with clients so just because I have been unable to meet up face to face, it has not prevented me from being in touch with people.

I have learnt how to use Zoom during the pandemic and will be able to use it with my clients to meet up in the future if they wish.

I try to embrace new technology as it will always benefit my business in some way and zoom is just another thing that I can do.  I am not sure if anyone will want to zoom once we can all meet up face to face as I think we are all getting “zoomed out” now.

I asked Carol what she had learned about herself during this time – I have learned that I must stop and take breaks during the day.  There are no holidays where I have been able to take time off or long weekends away which my husband and I used to enjoy so it is important that I take time each week to re-charge the batteries.

Finally I asked what the plans for the future were – I am really looking forward to life going back to normal and to be able to meet my clients over a coffee or tea to talk about their problems.  I like face to face meetings and miss them.  There is nothing like being able to speak to someone about your own matter and getting personalised advice.  You can learn a lot over the internet but its never tailored to your specific circumstances.

You can contact Carol Hill on her mobile 07977 125451 or email  You can leave her a message on Facebook Carol Hill at Setfords Law and she will get back to you as soon as possible.  Carol offers a free initial appointment during which you can discuss your situation and explore options.

Online Forum Launched to Keep Local Business Community Connected

An online forum has been launched to make it easy for members of the county’s business community to support each other during the coronavirus pandemic.


The Wellingborough & East Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce has developed the chatroom, accessible via its website, as part of its commitment to do all it can to allow members of the local business community to stay connected.

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Online Forum launched

Chamber President, Simon Toseland, believes there has never been a more prevalent time for people to communicate.


He said: “We know these are uncertain times with people not only trying to make sense of what is going on in the world around them but having to handle the sudden reorganisation of their businesses including customer and supply chain issues, finances, wages, mortgages and bills.

President of the Wellingborough Chamber of Comerce Simon Toseland

President of the Wellingborough Chamber of Comerce Simon Toseland

“With the fragmentation that isolation and working from home brings, communication is key to reassuring people. We thought about what we could do to help and together with posting the latest government advice on our website and through our e-newsletters, we have created an online forum for our members to share their advice and experiences, ask questions and support each other.”


The Wellingborough & East Northants Chamber of Commerce is also encouraging the Wellingborough and East Northants business community to make themselves easily identifiable on social media by using the hashtag #WENChamber.


Simon added: “The Chamber is in full contact with Local Government and other organisations such as the Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP). We can and will raise questions and concerns with government and also feedback experiences, so that government can create and adapt appropriate initiatives”.


People can access the Wellingborough & East Northants Chamber forum here:


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