Bernard ‘Bunny’ Ennis, at 94, is about to get on his bike and raise money for charity. Frankly, he should be busy in his workshop or working in the garden but he has been inspired during the COVID-19 crisis to do his bit (again). To be fair, he and his family have already ‘done their bit’ during WW2 when, as a rear-gunner in a Sunderland flying boat he was shot down in the Bay of Biscay, whilst two of his three brothers died on active service for the RAF.
You probably know his daughter, Lynda Ennis the dynamic founder of automotive executive search business Ennis & Co. You know the ‘can-do’ attitude and sense of doing the right thing, not just the easy thing – it’s clearly in the genes.
On Monday 3 August, and each day for the whole week, Bunny will get on his exercise bike and pedal out a journey alongside Lynda. The distance that day will then be communicated with the Ennis & Co team who will each then have to achieve double that in one form or another.
It’s a fund-raiser for The Not Forgotten. A British Armed Forces charity for serving and ex-service women and men, operating since 1920 under the patronage of HRH The Princess Royal.
As a team we’re all going to be making our own journeys from 3-9 August, following in the footsteps of someone who has already blazed a trail and is still thinking of others. I’ll be stumbling along with the dog in tow, and hopefully will have time to reflect during each day on Bunny’s commitment and the great work of The Not Forgotten charity.
If you’d like to make a donation and help Bunny raise funds with Ennis & Co, please feel free to visit the Just Giving page.
Thanks for reading – and here’s to the walking!
Al Clarke is Chairman of the Advisory Group at Ennis & Co the executive search organisation trusted by many of the world’s leading automotive brands to appoint their senior leaders.