Our COVID Heros !

The Company of Entrepreneurs has great diversity amongst its Freemen.  Often, they go about their daily work without fanfare.  The year-long COVID pandemic has seen a lot of people going above and beyond their normal business or hobbies.  Each one deserves celebrating.

Pioneering DNA testing in sport for performance, Avi Lasarow was already operating in a field well placed to support the war on spread of COVID.  Being the first company to establish private sector testing, DNAfit was able to quickly mobilise and get football, cricket and boxing as well as the film industry back in business, initially behind closed doors.  They offered the first clinical passports and operate airport testing in the UK.  This fulfilled their mission to help people live healthier lives using their DNA.

Avi was inspired to become a Freeman after seeing that Lord Bilimoria was a founding Freeman and hasn’t looked back.  He said “It’s all about giving back – that’s karma”.  The future for Avi and his business is focused on home health.

Paul Theile is also involved in the travel industry response to COVID protection.  As the founder of Screen4, his company is undertaking COVID-testing as a partner of TUI Airways, among others.

Before COVID Dave Pay was delivering high profile large events.  The pandemic caused it to close overnight in the first lock down.  Used to keeping busy, he wanted to help people and do something with real purpose. As an experienced first-aider in large corporate events he’s pretty much seen everything, so volunteering as a vaccinator seemed to fit the bill.  Now he’s part of the countrywide mission to fix the nation’s immunity until the hospitality industry can open its doors again.  So, he’s gone from spearing high-quality seafood in the kitchen to “jabbing” the most clinically vulnerable. As with many of our Freemen, Dave was driven to find purpose in a challenging situation. 

Already an active volunteer in the RNLI on the River Thames, Stephen Wheatley founder of Limitear has been clocking up the road miles instead of the nautical miles.  With a reduced requirement for RNLI manpower due to COVID safety rules, Stephen got on his “scooter” and joined a motor biking community who were distributing PPE in the early days of the lock down when there were shortages.  As the demand reduced, Stephen turned his giving capacity to the next challenge.

Stephen and his little red scooter jumped to the aid of The Royal Free hospital in Holloway when it realised that some people were not being admitted to hospital when they should.  They established that sending out a pulse-oximeter meant that better technical triage takes place within 90 minutes of a case being recorded.  Over 3000 visits have been recorded since May 2020, ½ of them since January 2021! With such success in the project, it’s likely to be continued after the pandemic is over.  In the meantime Stephen’s “Little Red” scooter has clocked up 5000km.

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