Cleaning Up in Gloucestershire
The newest Fredericks Gloucestershire loan recipient, looking to open a Gloucester ‘launderette with a difference’, met with panel members this week.
After years bringing up two small children alone, she’d thought long and hard about what business would fit best with her family commitments, but wondered how well she’d communicate her plans to the team.
In fact, so enthusiastic was her presentation, so well-researched and so strong the backing from family and friends, the panel were happy to grant the full amount requested and Praveena left with a smile on her face.
Even so, we were delighted to receive the next day the following letter.
“To everyone on the panel that I met yesterday from Fredrick’s Foundation.
Firstly I want to say thank you for taking the time out to meet me and discuss The Laundry Lounge and funding.
I was definitely overwhelmed by your positivity and your enthusiasm for The Laundry Lounge. I have complete faith that I can make it a success but to see others have the same faith in me was truly inspiring. I loved your comments and new ideas and things that I might need to change. I’ve taken it on board and will be doing this.
Sorry if I seemed a bit spaced out as I left! I was completely overwhelmed and actually cried in my car all the way home with tears of joy!!
To get the full amount of funding is fantastic; it means that I can really make The Laundry Lounge how I envisage in my mind... To even say that if I need more machines in the future to come back and to see if you can help has touched my heart.
Yesterday for me was a monumental day in my mind and one I’m never going to forget in my lifetime.
I even went to bed with a huge smile on my face.
If any of you ever pass by Bristol road or ever need laundry doing please come and see me. It’s because of you and my parents that my dream has now turned into reality! The sky’s the limit!
Thank you so much”
The letter reminded the volunteers on the panel and throughout Fredericks exactly why we are happy give back a little time and business expertise – the effect on real people’s lives can be forgotten in a busy world, and a letter like this reinforces just how important this lending is for both people and the wider community and why it must continue.
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