Firstly, thank you for making time to visit our CAUZ Club. This blog post marks a momentous day as something wonderful has been born out of near tragedy.
Unfortunately, last year I found myself in the centre of the chaos on Westminster bridge during the terror attack in March. Although I was lucky enough to walk off the bridge without a scratch, I am still haunted by some of what I witnessed that day.
When something like that happens, you have a whole new perspective on life and how short it could be. I knew instantly that my life had changed forever.
I had been in London that day campaigning for awareness of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning, something I passionately campaign for to this day. I had done several TV interviews that morning and received a call from one of the producers to ask if I was ok as they knew I was in the Westminster area. When I explained I was still on the bridge I think I became a unique prospect for the news agencies. I was media trained and witness to what had just happened. As you can imagine my phone suddenly went crazy with requests for media interviews. I think I was still in shock and certainly had adrenaline coursing through my veins so agreed to do several. Before the day was out I had been live on news stations across the world retelling what I had witnessed. When the adrenaline finally ran out, I went into a deeper level of shock and just wanted to sleep.
The following day I completed the final radio interviews for the Carbon Monoxide campaign as I had people relying on me that I didn’t want to let down, but in reality, I just wanted to go home to my wife and little girls.
When I arrived home later that afternoon, I had to drive around the block several times to try and gather myself as I didn’t want my girls to be upset if Daddy cried. The feeling of seeing and holding them was overwhelming and tears were shed. My 3-year-old asked if I was sad because the queen was not at home (I always say I pop in for tea with the queen when I’m in London). Instantly I felt better, safe and happy again.
The weeks and months that followed were difficult. I needed a lot of support and was showing clear signs of PTSD. During this time, I did a lot of soul searching and knew I needed to make some different life choices. Despite the risks, I decided to leave a successful marketing career to focus on the Carbon Monoxide campaigning that I am so passionate about. I’m now lucky enough to work with some amazing businesses and charities in the sector, who are passionate about saving lives.
The joy I feel supporting and promoting the great work of these charities made me think, what if I could create something that provides long term support and funding for many many charities? From that small seed of an idea, the CAUZ Club has grown.
I had all the ideas but knew I didn’t have the capacity to do it alone. I was lucky enough to know a former colleague had just left a job and would be the perfect partner to make CAUZ Club a reality. Despite his modesty and not wanting to be acknowledged as a co-founder of the CAUZ Club, without him this would not have been possible. He enables me to work hard on both the Carbon Monoxide campaigning and CAUZ Club, and is the creative brain behind so much of what you see.
I appreciate everyone’s support and hope people love the CAUZ Club clothes and brand as much as I do.