28 Aug 2014

Colleagues pedal from Tate to Tate for Chiara

Chiara Giacomini

“She was vibrant, full of energy and flair – she affected everyone she met with her heartfelt kindness and generosity of spirit.”

Chiara Giacomini, by all accounts, was a young lady whose zest for life was worn on her sleeve. Her career at the Tate Gallery in central London spanned eight years and saw her working across various departments including the membership and ticketing services, and the internal events team.

Chiara’s latest role was as a project officer for the Tate Modern development project - a new building designed to create a less congested and more welcoming gallery space on the south side of the existing gallery. Chiara worked with the administration team helping to co-ordinate the project through its early stages.

Making her mark

During her time at Tate Chiara made her mark, both artistically with her eye for the aesthetic and with her colleagues.

Sadly, Chiara was tragically killed in a road accident last year. Describing Chiara in five words, colleague Jonathan Sawyer says: “Vibrant, colourful, beautiful, kind and creative.”

Such was the effect of her death and the hole left in their lives, that Jonathan and another colleague Adam Burges are embarking on a bike ride in memory and celebration of Chiara’s life. As her family are from Devon, the idea came about to cycle from Tate St Ives to Tate Britain in Central London. Their bike ride, covering around 350 miles over five days, is due to finish in London on 4th September – the first anniversary of Chiara’s death.

Their ‘Tate to Tate’ campaign aims to promote a more tolerant attitude towards road safety whilst raising funds for London’s Air Ambulance who treated Chiara at the scene of the accident. They will be using MyDonate for their fundraising.

Exceptional care in exceptional circumstances

London’s Air Ambulance delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, serving the 10 million people who live, work and commute within the M25. A registered charity they do this with a team of highly skilled medics and a single helicopter.

Funds are urgently needed to help the charity save more lives. Thanks to fundraisers such as Jonathan and Adam, London’s Air Ambulance can provide life-saving medical interventions such as open-heart surgery, blood transfusion and anesthesia at the roadside.

Using the helicopter by day and rapid response cars at night, a doctor and paramedic team can be at a patient’s side within minutes.

Every second counts for this life-saving charity, so does every donation, big or small.

100 per cent of all donations

Jonathan says: “We chose MyDonate on the recommendation of the London’s Air Ambulance. They will receive 100 per cent of all donations made, which is the great thing about MyDonate.”

You can follow their adventure on Twitter @tatetotate #tatetotateride

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