Where do you call home?
I was born and grew up in South London, but Hayes in Kent has been my home for the past 20 years.
What conflict(s) do you discuss when volunteering for We Were There?
I talk about growing up during the Second World War, and the period that followed.
How were you involved in that conflict?
At the age of 6 I was evacuated from London to Launceston in Cornwall.
How long have you been volunteering for WWT?
This year, 2020, will be my 10th year volunteering at IWM!
What do you enjoy most about participating in WWT?
Meeting the visitors and exchanging stories – often the visitors share stories with me that were told to them by their grandparents.
Tell us your favourite moment so far during the sessions?
My favourite moment came very recently. During the Wartime Mealtimes family event in December 2019, I really enjoyed the reaction of some of the younger visitors to my wartime Christmas present – which were a torch and a rubber hot water bottle!
What’s your favourite object in IWM’s collections and why?
This question caused me quite a lot of thought as some of my favourite objects are not on display, but I find the quilt and some of the other items made by prisoners of war very interesting. Also, the child’s scooter on Level 2 that was made from scrap pieces of wood from a bombed pub.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to sew and embroider, paint and cook. I also enjoy going to the theatre and reading.
What is your favourite biscuit?
I do not buy biscuits regularly but if I must pick a favourite, well then dark chocolate would be involved!