36MBM Extraordinary Lives Club!
Welcome to the MBM Extraordinary Lives Club! A regular series of events designed to showcase the lives of entrepreneurial individuals who have done or who are doing extraordinary things.
Following on from the success of our events in May this year, we are delighted to announce a further two Extraordinary Lives Club events: in Edinburgh on the 31st October 2019 and London on the 13th of November 2019.
Many of our clients are businesses based throughout the UK, which are going through significant growth either by investment, acquisition or international expansion. The Extraordinary Lives Club is just one of the ways in which we connect with entrepreneurs: by showcasing the lives of people with who have done or who are doing extraordinary things.
Our speaker at both events will be Olivia Giles (OBE) who is the founder of the charity 500 miles. The charity helps people in Malawi and Zambia who have impaired mobility and restricted body function (resulting from amputation, congenital deformity, illness or accident) by supplying them with artificial limbs or braces. The people that 500 miles supports are often the most vulnerable in society. Not only are their lives affected by poverty, but their physical disabilities could make it impossible to engage in communities if they didn’t have the assistance of artificial limbs or braces.
The inception for the charity was Olivia’s own extraordinary story.
Having studied Law at Glasgow University, Olivia progressed quickly in her career, becoming a partner in the commercial property department of Scottish law firm, Maclay Murray & Spens in 1996. One afternoon at work in 2002, Olivia began to feel like she had a very bad cold. Little did she know that less than 24 hours later she would be unconscious in an intensive care unit, diagnosed with a blood poisoning form of meningitis. As a result, both of her lower legs and both of her lower arms had to be amputated. Olivia spent 9 months in hospital being rehabilitated.
Olivia has chosen to view her recovery as a second chance at life, and wants to ensure that people in the developing world have the same opportunity. Her story has inspired many, particularly as waking up to such an extreme set of circumstances would have been a challenge for any person.
At our events, Olivia will share how her life and her perspective on life changed as a result of becoming a quadruple amputee and why this experience led her to set up her charity, 500 miles. She will also tell us how she overcomes the challenges involved in leading a sustainable overseas charity, and the real life success stories of the people that 500 miles has helped.
To book your place to the London Extraordinary Lives Club please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mbm-extraordinary-lives-club-london-tickets-75147910423