Face to face with Paddy Seligman
In her latest Face to Face interview, KAREN BETHELL talks to Paddy Seligman OBE, who is chairman of the EDP Care 2000 Appeal. Since it was launched in 1998, the EDP Care 2000 Appeal has raised �903,000 for carers and carers' groups, giving grants for equipment including computers and wheelchair power packs, and funding short breaks to give vital respite to carers.
In her latest Face to Face interview, KAREN BETHELL talks to Paddy Seligman OBE, who is chairman of the EDP Care 2000 Appeal.
Since it was launched in 1998, the EDP Care 2000 Appeal has raised �903,000 for carers and carers' groups, giving grants for equipment including computers and wheelchair power packs, and funding short breaks to give vital respite to carers.
Paddy, who lives at Wolterton with her husband Anthony and labrador Goose, has devoted her life to voluntary work. A magistrate for nearly 30 years, she is also a hospital manager working on mental health patients' appeals at Rowan House, Aylsham; is on the board of trustees of Norfolk Partners Against Crime Task Force (PACT); is an ambassador for the Girl Guides, a deputy lieutenant of Norfolk and a member of her local parochial church council.
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Previous roles have included visitors board member at Wayland, Norwich and Whitemoor prisons, Victim Support volunteer, Riding for the Disabled group co-ordinator, and fundraiser for a London branch of the Save the Children Fund.
For more information about the EDP We Care Appeal, visit www.wecareappeal.co.uk or phone 01263 768339.
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Paddy is happy to give talks on the work of the appeal to local groups and organisations in return for a donation.
What is the best thing about your job?
The humbling emotions that the applications we receive generate and the ability we have to help these people, some of whom are in pretty dire situations.
And the worst?
Not having enough money to help as often as we would like to.
Where do you go to unwind?
I play duplicate bridge or take my dog for a walk around the lovely north Norfolk countryside.
What is the one possession you would save if your house was on fire?
The computer, which has the database for the We Care Appeal on it.
What is your favourite Norfolk building?
Mannington Hall, because it is such a pretty house in delightful surroundings - it's charming and impressive, without being so big as to be unmanageable.
What is the one thing you would change about North Norfolk?
The district council's attitude to the restoration of old barns; in many cases, they restrict planning applications to second home use only. The impact that this has is that many of these beautiful buildings will never be restored because very few people can afford to take on an expensive building that will only be used for part of the year.
What makes you angry?
People who part on the zig zag lines approaching pedestrian crossings.
What is your greatest achievement?
The success we have undoubtedly had with the EDP We Care Appeal - people have said they never thought we would get half way to our target, let alone reach �900,000. And it's not just the financial side, but the benefits we have been able to bring to unpaid carers.
Have you ever done anything outrageous?
What is the one thing you would change about yourself?
The poor ability I have to say no to people!
Who or what is the love of your life?
My dog Goose, because of the completely unconditional love and affection she gives me.
Whom do you most admire?
Lady Enid Ralphs because she is an amazing woman whose knowledge, awareness and abilities are outstanding. If I achieved half of what she has, then I should be very proud of myself.
Favourite book, film and TV programme?
Book: an anthology of poems by John Betjeman; film: Mamma Mia, and TV programme: Trial and Retribution.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a cheerful, outgoing, happy individual, and as a better bridge player than I am!