Devotions - Sharon Perolls (17/02/20) On Monday we had the pleasure of having Sharon at devotions. Carolyn asked her a number of questions relating to Hospices of Hope Q: What memories do you have of Hospices of Hope? A: “I have quite a few and it was a great experience being brought up within a charity environment. At 14 I worked as the Saturday girl at the tea room where I sorted clothes and priced them. I have never seen so many black bin bags with clothes in! This was my fondest memory. Being involved in Hospices of Hope was very positive but it was also a lot, however it is great seeing how many people it has impacted.” Q: Carolyn mentioned about Sharon calling her on a date crying. A: She could not remember this occasions but said “when you grow up it makes you realise what charity is and the impact. It is important to tell friends about the charity and ask them donate and give up their time for a better cause” Q: What visits have you been on? A: Sharon has been on numerous Insight Trips and 6 Summer Trips. She really enjoyed going to Serbia last year and seeing how the hospice is growing, there was mention of how much potential it has. Sharon also said how great it was to see many young people attending the Summer Trips. Jason was blown away and it was really nice to see the male interaction with the patients as it always used to be women. Q: What do you do for work? A: Sharon has lived in Dubai for 1 and a half years and works as a Product & Customer Experience Manager for a beauty company called ‘FACES’. She deals with customer interaction and is currently working on a new project to transform how they do things. 70% of business is based in Saudi Arabia and only women are allowed to work for the store there. There are big changes happening in Saudi! Q: Have you used any of your knowledge to help HofH retail? A: Sharon recently did a talk at the Pimlico shop and spoke about retail and shopping behaviours. She said how important social media is and that things need to be made more digital. She has spoken to Carolyn about this. Q: Why Dubai? A: Sharon has always been interested in travelling and basically just wanted to do it for herself. She had a few interviews lined up and just wanted to see what happened, she wanted a challenge! The work environment is much laid back compared to the UK. Sharon read out a verse which she kept in mind for her move to Dubai: Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Anna then went on to speak about the suicide of Caroline Flack over the weekend and how social media can impact our lives. She read out an acrostic poem in regard to people saying horrible things, especially online. Before you speak: THINK T: Is it true? H: Is it helpful? I: Is it inspiring? N: Is it necessary K: Is it kind?