Not leaving her personal training career completely behind her, Sarah firmly believes that it is unlikely a business will ever reach its full potential without each member of the team having a healthy mind and body. She says ‘you simply can’t function at an optimal level which is crucial when running a business’. It is true that you face all sorts of challenges when setting up in business and it is likely that as that business grows the leadership team will face more demands on their time, body and their well being. Many entrepreneurs long for more energy and fear ‘sick days’ which could, particularly at an early stage, can determine their success. In order to keep energy levels up, your immune system intact and to keep your mind in a healthy state, you need to provide your body with the right nutrition, hydration and exercise. This is something many of us have no excuse for when it is put so clearly.
Eating healthily and exercising regularly is a lifestyle choice that too many of us take for granted. Sarah found it shocking to recently discover that there are over 2,000 vulnerable children in London who without daily support would be starving. They are being helped by Kids Company, a remarkable London charity that relies on the kindness of people like you and I to help provide thousands of children with nutritious meals each day.
Sarah echoes the views of Kids Company founder, Camila Batmanghelidjh, ‘Lack of food in the last year-and-a-half has become a much more of a widespread problem than we have seen before. The poorest and most disadvantaged don’t have a voice which is why this problem is hidden. We have a collective responsibility to make sure every child in London has enough to eat and this is something as a society we can solve if we want to.
Ladies at 11 have made a promise to support Kids Company’s Plate Pledge appeal which hopes to raise the £580,000 they need to provide their vulnerable young people with a well balanced meal and a loving family environment to eat in each day. Sarah has personally asked each of her members to pledge just £4 which will feed one child for two days and asks everyone who has the luxury of not thinking about where their next meal will come from to do the same. It could be as simple as sacrificing ‘elevenses’ for someone who needs it more than you. Pledges can be made at www.kidscoplatepledge.org
So, what can we expect to see from Ladies at 11 in the future? Sarah is currently expanding across the UK, launching a Ladies at 11 Training Academy and has plans up her own Social Enterprise next year too. If you would like to find out more please visit www.ladiesat11.com