FRIDAY’S CHILD - Carey Ann Clarke

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This week’s Friday’s Child is Carey Ann Clarke who lives in the Waterside with her partner, two cats and a few strays. She works as full-time Training Co-ordinator for Disability Action across Northern Ireland and annually carries our training with Disability Aid Abroad in developing countries. She recently lost almost 8 stone and a year ago she became a Slimming World Consultant and relaunched the popular Slimming World Chapel Road group.

How would you describe yourself?

Carey Ann Clarke.

Carey Ann Clarke.

Fun, friendly with a big heart.

Happiest childhood memory?

Playing tennis and eating strawberries

What was your first job?

Cashier in the petrol station at Newbuildings.

Favourite book?

Oscar Wilde’s short story book ‘The Happy Prince & Other Stories’

Favourite film?

‘Gorillas in the Mist’

Favourite television programme?

‘Masterchef’....pure melt at food!

Favourite expression?

“Sure it’ll be grand” and I’ve been told, “as well too!”

Favourite method of relaxation?

Phone out of hand/ cosied up on sofa with Netflix

Favourite holiday destination?

Fling me far...off the beaten track...blazing sun far away from the bustle with dusty roads...

Who would you most like to meet?

I met Angela Hartnet (chef) and I was totally star struck...food hero!! I would like to say someone maybe more worthy but I’d be beyond thrilled to meet Madonna!!

What makes you angry?

Quite a lot..mostly stemming around inequality, ignorance, intolerance and abuse of others.

What makes you happy?

Probably more...a smile, a well timed kind word, seeing people develop confidence and spark of self belief, food and quality time.

What human quality do you most admire?

Compassion and kindness

What human quality do you least admire?

Selfishness and inflexible thinking.

What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?

As a child thinking a lady looking at towels in Dunnes was my mum and for some reason jumping on her back. The poor lady nearly had to be worked with!

What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?

Probably three years ago when my granny passed away. She was just a great, hard working Derry woman who had a great capacity to reach out and care for anyone unconditionally. Someone to be wile proud of - but she motivates me to fill her boots!!

What is your greatest fear?

Somedays it feels like having no charge in my mobile phone.

What has been the high point of your life to date?

I’ve done a lot that I’m proud in other areas of my life especially working in East Africa for disability organisations. But losing weight (and all that is wrapped up with that) has made me happier and I feel that more confident - like a woman on the right path! Taking that further and becoming a Slimming World consultant this last year at Chapel Road Slimming World group has been a real buzz - it’s just class to see people feeling better about themselves week after week!

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who supported others to believe in themselves a wee bit more.

What is your most treasured possession?

A wee purse from travelling in Guatemala and a few stones from happy days at the beach and then my phone!

If you won the lotto what would you do with it?

Make sure my family were alright, put dots on a map travel for about 6 months. Give a wee bit to some of the voluntary organisations that do essential work but stuggle with funding. Then do the 12 week cookery school course in Ballymaloe, Cork and open a gorgeous wee healthy eating bistro up the town...a social enterprise ...that is the dream!

If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?

An end to inequality!

If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?

“We are here for a good time - not a long time!”