Rough Seas & Heroes
10th November 2020
I’d finished another heroic week at the office, reflecting on the core qualities needed to succeed in a tough job like ours – that day alone I’d dealt with a complicated ISA application form and a testy youngster in the compliance department of an investment house that really should have known better – and sat down with a well-earned gin and tonic thinking “smashed another week then Steve”.
Flicking through the iPlayer I saw ‘Saving Lives at Sea’ and initially discounted this as it does nothing for my ego, seeing what really good men and women sign up to in their free time, but something made me hit the play button. There was the usual start with the gravelly voice over, panoramas of rough seas and close ups of salty sea dogs recounting stories of genuine heroics.
All well and good and then I heard a familiar voice saying “the Bristol Channel itself is quite a busy place..”, spoken by an “Andy Weston, Managing Director” . The ice cube I was in the process of swallowing flew out and hit the far wall because the Andy Weston on the TV was indeed our very own Andy Weston, our Managing Director.
Pip came in and asked what was going on and I explained it was Andy and he’s on the TV and no I didn’t need the Heimlich manoeuvre, so we settled down and watched the story of the Portishead RNLI crew unfold. Towards the end of the story:
Pip: “These people are amazing. And that Andy, what a lovely face and those piercing blue eyes”.
Me: “It was only a small boat”.
Pip: “But they saved two whole lives”.
Our job is focused on keeping your lifetime savings in good shape and your Financial Plans on track, which is no mean feat in the current climate and a job we love to do; however, it’s good to be reminded that there are countless volunteers out there who do amazing things that you cannot value in pounds, shillings and pence and who selflessly keep answering the call of “a shout” whenever the pager goes off.
Andy has been at our helm for a while now and I thought it's a good idea to bring him to your attention. He has navigated the company through some turbulent times this year with calmness and clear thinking at some critical moments. I do, however, need to have a word with him about carrying his business card at all times, because people who own boats have money, and if you’ve just rescued them why wouldn’t they want to become a client? There is a marketing strategy there somewhere!
I would encourage you to look at the iPlayer, Saving Lives at Sea, Series 5: Episode 3 while it is still there to see Andy and his crew in action. It is quite something. I speak for us all Andy when I say that we are very proud of you and we are very lucky to have you.
I hope that you all remain safe and well and once again a big thank you for your support, patience, and good humour this year. It is really appreciated.