Job swap helps both charity and employee

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A JOHN Lewis employee has swapped her day job for a day a week to volunteer with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Gemma Lacey’s secondment is part of the company’s Golden Jubilee Trust scheme, a charity initiative set up to offer practical help to UK-registered charities.

Gemma is working with the charity’s people and wildlife team to help promote the trust’s work.

She has been able to use her expertise from working with the John Lewis Partnership in London to help the charity develop a robust communications strategy.

Gemma, who is head of corporate social responsibility for John Lewis, said: ‘Wildlife has always been a passion of mine and I am really excited to be able to help the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust in such a meaningful way.’

Lisa Chilton, head of people and wildlife at the charity, said: ‘The support offered by the Golden Jubilee Trust has been invaluable to us. It means that we can concentrate on delivering our core services while learning from the experience Gemma brings from her time at John Lewis Partnership.’