Conway normally fills her working day by visiting potential customers selling the services of the East Midlands-based waste management company which processes over 500,000 tonnes of waste at its Leicester and Nottingham facilities every year. However, for Red Nose Day, she opted for overalls over a business suit, and joined her colleague in the cab of a recycling collection truck at the end of March.
Conway has raised over £500 in donations by joining the 4.30am to 2.30pm shift, which saw her setting her alarm for 3.30am.
“After a couple of drinks one evening it seemed like a really good idea,” says Fran. “I wanted to do something to raise money for Comic Relief and a job swap seemed like a fairly easy thing to do. How wrong was I? Six hours in and almost 200 bin empties later and I would definitely think more about doing it again! It was a long, hard day but it was all for a very good cause and I’m grateful to everyone who donated and helped me reach my £500 target.”
This year, some of the money raised by Comic Relief will help mental health groups and people affected by dementia, a cause close to Conway's heart as her grandfather suffers from the condition.
“Fran is a great member of our team and works really hard to help her customers reduce their waste and recycle more,” says Paul Clements, commercial director at Wastecycle. “I’m not surprised she wanted to do something for Comic Relief or that she set herself quite a demanding challenge. She raised a lot of money for charity and made people realise that collecting people’s waste for recycling is not as easy as you might think.”
Conway's sponsorship money from her challenge was supplemented by activities including a dress down day at Wastecycle’s head office.