Archive Oral Histories - Carmel Short
An oral history recording with Carmel Short, a former volunteer at Le Court between 1953-1975 and former Secretary for the Cheshire Foundation from 1968-1977. Subtitles are available. Carmel talks about starting to volunteer at Le Court doing the washing up and serving food, and how she felt meeting disabled people for the first time. She talks about the move to the new building, Leonard Cheshire asking her to help filing at the UK office, 7 Market Mews in London. She became a secretary at the foundation in 1968 giving up her work as an air hostess. She talks about a visit to the Holy Land with a resident called Jimmy from Holehird Cheshire Home. She talks about the prejudices they overcame and the places they visited. She discusses a trip to the USA with New Horizons. She talks about the set up of the charity’s head office; 5 Market Mews was the International Office and Leonard Cheshire lived in No. 3 when he was in London. She talks of funny stories and challenges of working with founder Leonard Cheshire including a funny story about a taxi driver.
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