I love to sing but I can’t sing! How many times have I said that ? – but I am well aware of the joy singing brings and memories that are aroused. That is why I am thrilled to be a Trustee of an organisation such as Music for The Memory.
I first heard of the charity when I was looking for somewhere that I could go with my husband who having been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia was gradually losing his ability to speak. He could however still sing, but a choir with its accompanying actions and learning new songs was becoming beyond him. Music for the Memory was perfect with its mixture of songs from all eras that were mostly well known. Singing with the group gave us both confidence and for me to hear my husband’s voice again much joy.
My working background was originally legal but I changed direction when my husband and I started our own business importing and selling fresh flowers, fruit and herbs mainly from Colombia in South America. Throughout my working life I have been involved in voluntary work. I joined the Portage team at Pembury Hospital assisting families with preschool children with special needs. I also trained with Citizens Advice Bureau working at the Tonbridge Branch until we moved to Burwash. I was involved with a charity raising funds for children with disabilities of many kinds in Kenya. Since 2012 I have been part of the fund raising team for Admiral Nurses in East Sussex.
I have many hobbies but until last year was a keen badminton player and with my husband took part in the Tunbridge Wells league playing as a mixed pair . We both discovered the pleasure in arts and craft after we retired, something I still do today along with yoga classes. We have four children between us and eight grandchildren so have been pretty busy over the years!
And now I am thrilled to be putting my energies into something I consider very worthwhile to enable an activity we can share together.