Christine Razey

 

I feel very honoured to be asked to be an Ambassador for KidsOut Charity.

My name is Christine and I am currently a Team Leader and Community Manager for IWG PLC which is the leading global flexible workspace provider. In my role I currently support several of our business centres within Gloucester, Wiltshire and Reading.

Up till 2018, in my spare time I ran a voluntary children’s group for 18 years – a marching show band which, I might add, became the bronze European champion – all self-funded. When I started the group, I wanted all children to have the opportunity to take part in learning new skills from learning to play a musical instrument to drill, or simply being part of a team. This time opened up my eyes to the struggles that some children and families face in our world, from poverty to abuse. It was the most rewarding job I had ever done in my life. Due to family commitments, sadly I had to give up running the group.

Despite this, I still had a strong itch to help the children of our world, so in 2018, I got involved with the KidsOut Giving Tree project via IWG. I encouraged all of our clients in Swindon to take part in the giving tree and this touched many of our clients’ and staff’s hearts. In 2021, I thought I would take it a little step further and get more of my colleagues involved with the support of my senior managers. The southern region consists of 123 business centres with thousands of businesses as customers. IWG have supported me all the way through this and it has been a great success.

We’re going even bigger this year and have the whole IWG UK team (encompassing over 330 centres across brands including Regus, Spaces, Signature and Basepoint to name a few) and our clients taking part. A big thank you to IWG and our clients for supporting us on this journey and helping us to make a difference to children’s lives.

Gordon and Stewart’s dedication to the Charity is amazing. As a parent and grandparent, I cannot imagine the hardship these children and families go through and wholeheartedly support KidsOut in everything they do.