TSB Jess goes the extra mile
15 October 2019 | North East England
From marathons to volunteering, busy mum is always helping others
With a full-time job at TSB and three young sons, Jessica Laud rarely has time to relax.
And when she does get a moment to herself, she doesn’t put her feet up.
Instead she is always looking for ways to help others, whether that is raising money, or volunteering for a charity.
Over the last year, she has helped raise more than £8,000 for her children’s primary school.
She is also involved with the charity Fair Share - a non-profit organisation working with other homeless charities in Hull - who are involved in providing food parcels for local vulnerable people. She collects 'almost out of date’ food from large supermarkets and makes them up into food parcels. When she can, she ropes in her boys, aged seven, 11 and 16, to help.
More recently, she ran the London Marathon, raising more than £2,000 for the charity Children with Cancer.
The 40-year-old has been hailed a community superhero and won a Pride of TSB award after being nominated by colleagues at her branch in Beverly.
She says: “My mum always used to say to me when I was growing up, ‘be kind to others’. That has stayed with me all my life. It costs nothing and it doesn’t require a lot of effort.
“And I love that I am able to raise money for Children with Cancer. They are such a worthy cause and if my efforts go to help save the life of even one child that makes everything worth it. I was approaching my 40th birthday and was looking for a new challenge - and I thought, why not, let’s go for the big one. While I was running, just thinking about the children kept me going.”
Before completing the marathon she organised local events including a military style boot camp for parents. She now intends to complete the Great North Run later in the year as well as the Hull Marathon.
“People think I am mad. But why not? I get up very early to train and I love to take my sons with me too, and it is great exercise for all the family. At night I do all my admin. It does mean that when everyone is talking about the latest TV show or box set that they are watching, I have no idea what they are talking about.”
Jessica’s willingness to help extends to everything she does at work too. “The best thing about my job is that I get to work with the local community. I love working with our customers. I try and put a smile on people’s faces and help them out in any way I can.
“They might need help with something that is not strictly a banking issue, but that is fine. I’ll try my best. This morning an elderly man came in who I knew had recently lost his wife. I sat him down and we had a little chat and tried to sort him out. It is lovely to think you have been able to help someone.”