Shirley Graham-Paul

Born: Not given

Kingston, Jamaica

Date of interview: 6th June 2006

Map showing where Shirley Graham-Paul came from

What year was it when you started that?

'Eighty, I have the form ... I have a thing in there but I haven't got it off hand. It's still going on cause Trevor is now, he's one of the longest founder member and he's still carrying it on. I'll remember the date and get it and tell you anyway. So that is still going on. The programme was very good. We had our first conference at the Civic Centre.

There was another young lad who ... the whole family had the issue ... and I, because of confidentiality, I never ever mentioned anybody's name. I would go and see them in private and so on. And this poor dear wanted to be a mechanic and [pause] can't do that because he's ill. So I knew of two guys who owned a petrol station and car repairs and I went to ... and I said 'You know something. I am going to ask you a big favour. This young man ... it's not something that you can do ... but because he wants to live out this fantasy, do you mind employing him and ... ' one of them had a wicked sense of humour and he said 'Shirley, you're always asking me for so much'. So I said, 'Well ...' And he said 'ok, bring him along.' And I took him over there. And he was doing little bits ... and of course it got to the stage where he couldn't do ... you know, so they called me and they said 'You know something he won't be able to.' And I said 'Fair enough. At least he's had a taste of this fantasy and you've been good to help him to live that through.' Unfortunately, sicklers at that time didn't live very long. So he passed on. And ... We had from the organisation a fund [pause] to sort of set up a trust. But because I'd moved on from that I honestly don't know. And his father who was a sickler only died two years ago as well.