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Paula Wilson

Fundraising

About Me…

 

As a Teenager…

I guess I’m what you call a ‘home grown-un’,  born and bred in and around Lancaster. As a child I was confident, sporty and animal mad, a keen swimmer, I was in the pool every day whilst also looking after a number of animals, not your ordinary pets, things like goats; hens; geese and 4 horses, an idyllic life you could say.  I also always loved a cause, Mum always put a few pennies in my hand to give to the busker or the homeless person when we went into town.  I could never go by without giving them something.

However, by the age of 15, things had gone downhill . I was more interested in meeting up with more wayward friends and getting up to mischief, I missed lessons at school and my marks were in decline.  My parents despaired; they couldn’t understand why.   At 16, I knew the academic route wasn’t for me and I rather fancied my chances of success doing it ‘my’ way (I am sure the school breathed a sigh of relief too!)  I left LGGS in 1984, with only a handful of mediocre O levels.

 

After School…

After LGGS , I tried college, but that didn’t last long and so I went from job to job until joining BT (or British Telecom as it was then) aged 20.  Starting out in finance, I quickly moved into more sales and marketing type roles, travelling extensively across the UK. This was when I first found my thing!  Realising that I thrive on freedom, creativeness and being in an environment that fuels my imagination.

I left BT when my daughter was born with a blinding eye condition and the 2 of us became regulars at Alderhey for a few years.  It was a worrying time, but I met some amazing people and many positive connections were formed.  I was asked by Molly’s Consultant to help create an international children’s sight saving charity, and so I embarked on my current career path working across many NHS Charities, I also found myself honouring my childhood desire for a cause, and here I was, getting paid for doing it!

5 bits of advice to my teenage self…

  • Find your people in everything you do, they will help and support you...
  • There is more than one way to accomplish your goals, just find the way that works for you
  • Believe in yourself, you are great
  • Be the best you can be at what you are good at
  • Don’t be afraid to seek help, it’s a strength to ask, not a weakness

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