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Claire Robinson

From Strength To Strength

Who can you turn to for help?

Posted on: 11/01/2013   By: Claire Robinson

My blog last week mentioned Claire Harris, one of our franchisees who already owns the Buckingham franchise and is now the new owner of the Milton Keynes franchise. This blog has been written by Claire about her experience so far with Extra Help ...

when you suffer a great loss as I did, who can you turn to for help?

when you suffer a great loss as I did, who can you turn to for help?

I do wonder how have I survived the past few months. I don't know; maybe it is with the love and support of my friends? I could be my own positive outlook on life. It's probably been the most difficult time of my life. I know that being part of Extra Help has kept me focussed.

As some of you may know, I suffered a terrible loss last year and have been struggling to cope with it. I was flooded with grief and had to keep my home running, take care of my children and even start my own Extra Help franchise. A daunting experience for anyone at the best of times.

How have I been able to do all this? Well, let me start by saying I have two very good friends who have been positive, understanding and comforting throughout my grief. The children have coped extremely well in their own way and the support I have had from the franchisors of Extra Help has been outstanding. I consider Sarah and Claire to be my personal friends as well as the franchisors of my company.

Through every step of the way they have offered support and understanding, have not pressured me to work and even taken over when I have felt unable to cope myself. They have offered advice on anything and everything from advertising to networking. I count myself very lucky to be a part of something so special.

Where do I go from here?

I have decided in my personal life to get a dog. Something my late partner and I always wanted to do and I believe the benefits this will have on our family will be worth any 'accidents' on the carpet or chewed shoes!

In my professional life, I am taking on another franchise. It's amazing how successful the Buckingham franchise has been in such a short space of time and it encouraged me to take over the Milton Keynes one too. This is my own home turf and has already been established for two years. I've got a great local knowledge and a strong team of home helpers already in place so I know I can make Milton Keynes even better.

Who helps whom?

I am lucky to have fantastic support behind me, but not everyone does. What if someone you loved died? Who would help you? What if you don't have close friends you can call upon? Just some of the questions I have asked myself over the last few months - who would I have turned to for help?

That's why we at Extra Help are happy to go that extra mile to help our clients, no matter what your situation we are real people with real life experiences and we understand that people may need us just for a short period of time or maybe they need us for a bit longer. Whether it's help with shopping, taking children to school, cleaning, cooking or just helping out with sorting in the house we can help.

If you live in the Milton Keynes or Buckingham areas and would like some Extra Help, Claire's details are miltonkeynes@extra-help.co.uk or buckingham@extra-help.co.uk or you can give her a call right now on +44 (0) 845 219 8976.

Until next time ...


More about Claire Robinson ...

Claire is a serial entrepreneur having successfully established a networking group, a magazine advertising company and a building contracting company over the past few years.

Now living in Cornwall and handling Extra Help operations countrywide, Claire has a passion for business and is determined to grow Extra Help into a nationwide brand.


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