Meet the team: Jessica Wilkes-Reading
Our patrons, Wesleyan are passionate about corporate responsibility and are committed to supporting local customers, people, communities and the environment. Since joining LoveBrum in April 2017, Wesleyan has backed, donated and volunteered for many of our annual campaigns, including our Christmas ‘Bags for Brummies‘ initiative. As well as providing additional support to our showcased projects via Wesleyan Foundation Grants. Becoming a patron of LoveBrum sustains the day-to-day running of our charity – and in return, we position your business at the forefront of LoveBrum.
Find out why Jessica loves Brum…
What’s your name, background and where are you based?
I’m Jessica Wilkes-Reading, before coming to Wesleyan I worked in fundraising at a hospice in Cheshire. I am incredibly passionate about charity and supporting the communities we live and work in. I am a trustee of Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer, and in my spare time I’ve helped raise money for a statue of a Land Girl at the national memorial arboretum and I am an active member of Ladies Circle in Telford, where we currently support Coppafeel and Mind with various fundraising events in the local community.
Why do you Love Brum?
Since starting working here 3 years ago I have taken Birmingham to my heart, I love the vibrancy of the city but most importantly I love how the people in Birmingham are passionate, caring individuals who really want to support their community. Through my work at Wesleyan I have seen and experienced so many acts of kindness and generosity, Birmingham is an amazing place to do business and I am so proud of what we do as a city together to support those most in need.
Why did Wesleyan choose to become a patron?
Why wouldn’t we? It’s an incredible organisation who shine a light on those real heroes who day in day out, put others first and run some amazing projects. Being able to help LoveBrum continue their work makes me and my colleague very proud to be patrons and we look forward to many more years working together.
What projects are you passionate about?
That’s a really hard question! If I had to choose I would say projects that support people with Alzheimer’s or Multiple Sclerosis, both of these causes are very close to my heart with my grandad having Alzheimer’s Disease and my mum has MS. Support groups and carers projects are absolutely vital to offer help and advice or at times just a cup of tea and a listening ear, to families who are affected by these illnesses.