Jo and Andy are married and live in Papworth Everard in Cambridgeshire. They both have cerebral palsy to different extents; Jo’s being more severe than Andy’s. Andy works for the Varrier-Jones Foundation alongside caring for Jo. They have a son, Richard.
Antoinette was born in London in 1973, and now lives in Cambridgeshire. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 26. A teacher for many years she in now retired on health grounds and still practices as a psychotherapist. She has three children and is very active in the charity sector.
Arthur was born in 1924 in Scotland. He fought in the Second World War and went on to become a respected architect. He has severe arthritis and visual impairment. He lives in Huntingdon in the same house he and his late wife shared for many years.
At the age of 2 Audrey developed a tuberculosis abscess on her back. She was confined to a bed for 6 years whilst the abscess healed. As a result she lacks 3 vertebrae. She worked as a secretary for the British Coal Board for many years where she met her husband. She has two sons and is an extremely keen theatre-goer. Audrey features greatly in CAIL’s documentary about the Model Conversation project as well as being the subject of one of our educational modules.
Avril was born with some moderate hearing loss, although this has progressed over the course of her life and she is now completely deaf. Avril continues to be extremely active within the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in Cambridge, as she has been all her life.
Born with congenital deformities, Barbara was originally from Northern Ireland, immigrating at a young age to Kettering. She had her left leg amputated at the age of 16 and has been a counsellor for other amputees for many years. She volunteers for a wide variety of different charities all over Cambridgeshire. Barbara features greatly in CAIL’s documentary about the Model Conversation project.
Born in London in 1945, John was badly injured in a car crash in 1984 which left him with severe mobility issues. Working for many years as a musician he is also a well-respected pub landlord. He still tours today all over the world with various bands.
Mark experienced a stroke several years ago which has left him with severe physical disabilities. He was born and raised in Cambridgeshire and still lives here now with his partner and carer.
Mark was born in Nottingham in 1973. He is a virtuoso pianist and music teacher. Mark was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 25 whilst studying in Canada. He is a Christian and a homosexual and extremely frank about how his disability has impacted his faith and sexuality. Mark features greatly in CAIL’s documentary about the Model Conversation project as well as being the subject of one of our educational modules.
Martin worked in the motor trade for much of his life before a car crash ended his career and gave him severe spinal injuries. He now volunteers on a semi-regular basis and is a self-taught expert on computing hardware and software.
Born in London, Mick moved to Cambridge in his late teens. Despite several health issues he built up and ran his own haulage business for many years before contracting a rare condition and losing the majority of his sight in his fifties. He is now an active sportsman. He is the subject of one of CAIL’s education modules.
Pauline was born with Usher’s Syndrome, a condition which has caused her sight and hearing to deteriorate over the course of her life. Working first as a primary school teacher for eight years Pauline then qualified as a teacher for visually-impaired children and young adults. In 1981 she was instrumental in creating integrated provision for children with a visual impairment in mainstream schools in the Cambridgeshire area. Now retired, she lives in Godmanchester and supports campaign groups in the interests of those with disabilities.
Philip and Trish have been married for many years. They met whilst they were both employed by the Papworth Trust. Trish has spina bifida whilst Philip has cerebral palsy. They live in Papworth Everard and are a familiar and friendly presence around the village. They are the subject of one of CAIL’s educational modules.
Born in Calabria in Italy, Sonia moved to France at a very young age. She came to the UK in her early-twenties to work as a French assistant at Leeds University where she then met her husband. Sonia had a brain haemorrhage several years ago which has left her with severe memory impairment. She is the subject of one of CAIL’s educational modules.
Born in London Stephen worked as a quantity surveyor for many years, and was posted to many different locations globally. After he retired he suffered a stroke which left him with severe physical disabilities.
Sue was born in Malta. She has spina bifida and is a wheelchair-user. Now in her late sixties she has lived and worked in Papworth Everard since the age of 17. She is the subject of one of CAIL’s educational modules.
At the age of 18 Warren lost much of his sight due to a rare genetic condition. He went on to study history at Anglia Ruskin University and now works a fundraiser for Camsight, the Cambridge charity for the visually-impaired. He also plays goalball, a sport for both the sighted and the visually-impaired, to Olympic standard. Warren features greatly in CAIL’s documentary about the Model Conversation project.
Wendy suffered a brain injury several years ago which gave her mobility and speech difficulties. She is extremely active with Headway, the brain injury charity, for whom she is an ambassador and fundraiser.