I’m the mother of Sheldon hero Harry Moseley.
Were you born in Birmingham? Yes
What’s your favourite childhood memory of Birmingham? I don’t know if I can remember that far back haha. I grew up in Kitts Green from an average working class family. I used to love Saturdays and shopping with my mom in the centre and visiting all the old markets. The treat was a fresh crab from the fish market. we used to make a day of it and hunt for the best bargains!
When was your breakthrough moment? I don’t really see it as a breakthrough moment but I think the impact that Cancer had on my family, not just from losing my son but seeing what his brother and sister went through plus the change of routine, lifestyle and the lack of support just gave me the fire in my belly to address it and not accept what wasn’t available to families…………I decided to change it!
How did you get into what you’re doing today? My journey is only possible because of my amazing son Harry. He created HHHO and of course I supported him every step of the way from July 2009. He proved that regardless of your age, wealth, lifestyle and your wellbeing you can achieve anything if you are passionate enough. Im not the sharpest tool in the box but he taught me If I believe in myself I can make anything possible.
What’s the greatest memory from your career? Definitely the beginnings of getting the Drop in Cancer Centre off the ground. Its my proudest moment. From approaching the council, finding the building, getting the keys and spending 8 weeks onsite labouring and making the vision a reality and working with contractors and the fab community that believed in my vision was incredible. Im a ‘doer’ I love getting dirty and I think I should actually spend more time in a hard hat. It was back breaking and at times soul destroying but as it took shape and I then got all the services organised it was and still is a very proud moment.
Favourite thing to do in Birmingham? I think it still is shopping in Birmingham for a bargain! I don’t tend to go out much as my role means I have to attend so many events and functions, so in my spare time I just love being at home with my family.
What makes Birmingham stand out to you? I think how welcoming we are as a city and we have so many wonderful attractions and venues whether people are here for business or pleasure. So many wonderful restaurants that cater for everyone’s personal choice of food and budget.
What are your thoughts on the future of Birmingham? I think how Birmingham is evolving and changing is really exciting. We are the second largest capital and we as brummies should be proud of Birmingham and embrace the change for the future.
If you could change one thing about Birmingham, what would it be? Definitely community spirit. With so many government cuts and diminishing neighbourhood offices and community centres, this is now resulting in faceless services. I fear that community spirit and engagement is vastly deteriorating. Some neighbourhoods don’t event know there neighbours or what’s happening in their communities. this in my mind needs addressing.
Who’s the most famous person you think is from Birmingham? Got to be the one and only Ozzy Osbourne.
Who are your heroes? 3 people you look up to? My son harry. He had the biggest heart and proved as I said previously regardless of your age, wealth lifestyle and wellbeing you can achieve anything if you are passionate enough. Mother Theresa for the impact she had on the poor and destitute people in the world. Finally I don’t have a current leader that I can think of that inspires me, I would have to say as a group its our public serving Doctors, nurses, police force and firefighters! They are the unsung heroes in todays society whom don’t get enough recognition or rewards for the roles they undertake for communities and individuals.
If you had a dinner party, which 3 people would you invite? My instinct says my kids Dani, Louie and Harry (if he were here). They are beautiful inside and out and I love their company. Im very very proud of each of them.
What are your plans for the future? I always say to get balance in my life, but then I have another idea haha. No seriously, re my charitable work I want to grow organically to help cancer patients in every community and I have come to a point in my life where I need to focus on my own future, I have a business idea and I will get around to it when Harry gives me time to focus on me 🙂
Who’s the most famous person in your phone book? hmmmm from memory Ben Shephard, Duncan Bannatyne and John Terry. Harry had Stephanie Moores in his Sir Bobby moores wife) so he wins hands down.