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Bodie Hodges provides more support for bereaved families


In 2012, the Hodges family entered a devastating chapter in their life, when their ten-month old son, Bodie, died following a choking accident. Donna Hodges, Bodie’s mother and Bereavement Project Manager of the


foundation, said: “It’s one of those things that you just wouldn’t know until you need it. It’s not until a tragic event occurs that you are made to realise the need there is for more support for bereaved families. As fantastic as the NHS is, once you leave the hospital there isn’t


anybody available to provide that immediate support. You have to find your own way. As a family we were supported by The Laura Centre, but this was much further down the line.” The foundation has already made a huge impact on the Leicestershire,


Leicester and Rutland region in the past six years and it’s with a continued passion and determination that the Bodie Hodges Foundation has made the decision to self-fund an initial three-year full-time position of Lead Child and Family Bereavement Practitioner, and has welcomed Nicola Rhodes to the role. Nicola’s role will be to offer support and comfort to bereaved families


from day one, through to a year after the bereavement. There are, very sadly, approximately 70 child deaths in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland a year, of which Nicola is hoping to work with as many as possible. Nicola said: “I am so delighted to be a part of this incredible foundation.


The passion that the team have to support other families is contagious and I’m honoured to be filling this much needed position for our county. My focus will be supporting the whole family following their bereavement, and


L-R: Donna Hodges and Nicola Rhodes


this work will encompass couples as, sadly, 80% of marriages don’t survive such experiences. Emotional support for siblings will also be part of what’s offered as the impact of the loss of a brother or sister is immeasurable. “The success of this role will largely come down to educating those first


in line that the support is available so that the information can be passed on to grieving families. We need the news to spread far and wide across our region.”


With more than 80% of industrial business leaders ready to invest in new Digital Technologies and 74% saying that the Digital Adoption message is loud and clear, it’s surprising to see that 98% are still confused about the exact meaning of Digital Transformation.


In 2019, 53% of industrial businesses have no plans or are unsure about how to implement their own Digital Transformation and 23% have been working only on a stand alone project. It’s clear that there is a confusing


message about Digital Transformation and we can blame the media, technology vendors and other advocates for throwing everything they can into that mix.


So, in all that confusion, why should industries seriously think about making their move and apply Digital Technologies?


It’s all down to the value of doing it.


A proper Digital Transformation will generate a range of tangible outcomes, but for now the immediate value for all industries is to ensure that they will be still trading in the near future.


Remember Kodak, Nokia, Blackberry, Blockbuster as a few examples of businesses that notoriously missed the move to new technologies and then take a minute to look where they are now.


Competitors and consumers are the two key factors that will be impacting the future positioning of all industries.


Competitors, as they will be applying digital technologies to their operations and products, will be creating added value and Unique Selling Proposition.


Lionel Mazzella Director


Consumers, as they will be looking for products offering embedded Digital Technologies and will be buying the ones that closely match their lifestyle and digital awareness.


If, as a business leader, you are part of the 53% with no plans or are confused about how to implement your Digital Transformation, I’m afraid that you’ll be facing a rapid market change within the next five years.


Digital Transformation is a complex journey, it will take time and will bring significant changes to your business model, operation and people.


Don’t waste another day - your next step should be to get the right level of support.


Get in touch with us at D.Evo and let’s initiate your Digital journey together. Lionel Mazzella MSc, CEng MIET, CMrg MCMI • Director@D.Evowww.devo-ic.com • 07484 368 937 14 business network December 2019/January 2020


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