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Our Chief Sender of Hugs Faye is available to speak in schools or at events about unconventional career paths, entrepreneurship, overcoming adversity, flexible employment, being a woman in business and empathy in the workplace.  

As a Young Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, she is experienced in addressing small and large groups from diverse backgrounds.

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We booked Faye to speak at our Women In Business event in March 2019 after hearing she was an excellent and inspiring speaker. Faye certainly didn’t disappoint and delivered an outstanding presentation which left our audience buzzing with questions afterwards. Faye’s moving and refreshing story was a huge hit with attendees of our event and we’d love to welcome Faye back to speak at another event in the future.
— Harvey Morton, Sheffield Hallam University
We were lucky enough to have Faye develop a number of workshops on Entrepreneurial Skills as part of an Employability Conference for our Year 10 girls. Her sessions were well thought out and her use of visuals and props was excellent. Her story struck a real chord with the pupils and they were engaged and interested throughout the workshops.

Her content was perfect for that age group: the students really understood Faye’s journey and where she was hoping to take her business. She highlighted the skills that she had to employ when starting out, the attributes she needs now and those she hopes to develop as her business grows.

We loved having Faye as part of our very high powered team of speakers for the conference. She was a valuable addition to the group and, most importantly, the girls loved her sessions. We will certainly work with her again in the future.
— Amy Bouchier, Director of Marketing, Sheffield High School for Girls
Since starting Bear Hugs and winning The Trust’s national Enterprise of the Year award (and being interviewed by Tom and Giovanna Fletcher!), Faye has gone on to share her inspirational story with other young people who are thinking about starting their own business with the support of The Trust’ Enterprise programme and young people on our Mosaic programme in schools in Yorkshire.

Faye has also given talks to many Trust supporters across the UK including our Gala Dinner in Barnsley which raised vital funds for our work and Portakabin employees in York for example who will go on themselves to volunteer on our programmes.

We are proud to have Faye as one of our Trust Young Ambassadors and I know that she will go on to make a real difference to the lives of many people through her local network of women entrepreneurs and of course through the many ‘hugs’ she shares every day.
— Bjorn Risi, Prince’s Trust