Archive Oral Histories - Joan Youngs
Interview with volunteer Joan Youngs about her 57 year involvement with Leonard Cheshire. Joan talks about her time volunteering in the early days of St Teresa’s home in Cornwall whilst she was a Met Officer at the Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose. She describes what it was like and how her volunteering work changed her attitude towards and perceptions of disabled people. She talks about how she found Group Captain Cheshire’s personality and ways of working. Later she volunteered at the Gerrard’s Cross Cheshire Home and she talks about trustee Sir Henry Marking (CEO of British European Airways) and his help with fundraising for the home and how they had to overcome prejudices against disabled people to get the home built. This interview uses old fashioned language to describe disabled people and is here for the purposes of historic record and reminiscence and is not an endorsement. Subtitles are available.
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