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Local business woman, Gemma Orton, awarded by the High Sheriff of Leicestershire at exclusive garden party

Local business woman, Gemma Orton, awarded by the High Sheriff of Leicestershire at exclusive garden party

Gemma Orton of Mocha Marketing in Enderby, has been recognised for her efforts in the community and has received a prestigious award from the High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Tim Maxted.

The High Sheriff of Leicestershire’s Garden Party event, which was by invitation only, saw around 150 in attendance. Held at Stapleford Park Country House Hotel on the 8th June, local charities and businesses in Leicestershire were able to socialise with each other, whilst enjoying afternoon tea in the Grand Hall.

The award, which was the only one presented, was in recognition of ‘great and valuable services to the community’. Gemma, Managing Director and Owner of Mocha Marketing, was completely surprised by the announcement.

“In a room full of incredibly successful business men and women, I was in absolute disbelief when the High Sheriff spoke about the honour of being able to give recognition in his role and then called my name. I just can’t express how honoured I am to have received it. So many people do truly magical things for our community and charities and I’m so pleased that I made the choice to be a part of it.”

As part of her work within the community, Gemma spent 2 years as a listener at the Leicester Samaritans, only giving this up when her son came along as she was no longer able to commit to the night shifts, and the same 2 years on the committee of Star Trust.  During her time with Star Trust, she was a part of a team who raised over £350,000 for local charities.

Gemma now sits on the Soft Touch Arts Business Development Board, a local charity who work with vulnerable young adults.  The board of business owners commit their time to commercially steering the charity in the right direction to reduce the need to rely 100% on funding.  Gemma also committed nearly a year ago to-date, that her Marketing and PR agency, Mocha Marketing, will manage all of the PR for the charity on a pro bono basis.

Gemma has always been proactive in getting her team involved in charity work, which saw the ‘Mocha team,’ run the Leicester Marathon 2016 as a relay race and some of the members are signed up this year to individually run the half marathon, as well as take part in the X-Runner – a ‘tough-mudder’ type experience.

The team also put their name to charity events including the forthcoming STARS Fundraising Auction at Abbots Oak Hotel on 29th September this year for Soft Touch Arts, and have teamed up with Kazzoo IT and Steamin’ Billy to deliver the annual Charity Curry Night at The Parcel Yard on 14th September, raising money for Hope Against Cancer.

Gemma has made time for all of this whilst growing her own, young yet successful, award-winning marketing and PR agency.