10 questions with... Care for Carers Chairman, Peter Rowley
Each week we put a Norwich resident in the hot seat and ask them 10 questions about themselves. This week we spoke with Peter Rowley Rowley, Chairman of Norwich-based charity Care for Carers.
Describe Norwich in three words…
Vibrant, cultural, all-embracing.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, which three people would you want to be stuck there with?
It depends on how or where I was stranded, so number one would be my wife Chris, the other two? I have so many wonderful friends I wouldn’t dare choose between them, so it will have to be solar power and a cellphone to keep in touch with them all.
If you could be anyone else who would you be?
So many fantastic people have helped me be the person I am it’s impossible to say.
How would you spend a perfect weekend in Norwich?
Saturday would be a complete day out “doing the town” with my grandchildren. Meaning, I would show them places and share the info I know, and at the same time discover and investigate other places like, St. James Palace Yard and Water Yard. Both yards I have researched and know a bit about, but seeing them will hopefully fit other knowledge into place. At the end of the day we would finish up having a meal, where? I’d let the children decide.
With Saturday being a day with the wonderful younger members of my family, Sunday would not be a day of rest, but a day walking and going into my past. With Chris, I would start with a visit to Earlham Park, there’s an oak tree I used to hide in and then walk along the River Yare towards the UEA Broad. The broad was not there when I was a child, just marshes where we used to paddle and catch and frogs and tadpoles etc, poor little tadpoles. I’d carry on along the river until we reached Eaton and have a meal in the Red Lion, after which I would walk up Church Lane and down into the Keswick marshes. Keswick marshes were like a playground when I was a child, with plenty of swimming, boating, and getting chased by the game keeper when we pinched sweet and horse chestnuts off trees where we shouldn’t. Good memories of good days spent innocently as a young person, lucky me.
What’s your mantra in life?
Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone.
Which song defines your life?
I’ve been into music all my life and couldn’t possibly pick just one song. For my wedding to Chris, I put three tracks together edited to 4 minutes 46 seconds. It started with Buddy Holly singing, True Love Ways, for the smoochy bit, going into Cliff Richard singing, All I do is Dream of You which is a slow jive, and then into a really fast jive with the Shadows playing, Shadoogie. Three tracks, but each helps define my life.
Would you rather spend a night in front of the telly or a night out in the city?
Television programs always have repeats and can be recorded for later viewing, so if there’s something going on in the city, why not a night out dancing the night away.
What’s your biggest fear?
I started Care for Carers in March 2007, since then it has grown into something a lot of people have relied on, that includes organisations that help people with various disabilities and problems that effect their lives and others, such as their family and friends. Care for Carers is a huge part of my life, and to lose the funding and support we are lucky to have at present would devastate me.
What one thing could you never live without?
In the 1970’s when digital became the buzz word, I promised never to get wrapped up in it and let it take over my life. Well! That was then, very often I’m on the internet 12 hours or more a day helping people worldwide, so now a computer and the internet is something I could not live without. I think I’d better include my wife Chris in that, because without her my life would be pointless.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Money, what is money? We couldn’t live without it, but sometimes too much can spoil a life. Depending on how much I won, I would put a lot into trust for my five grandchildren, my children would be given enough to settle their mortgages. For Chris and I, I would keep enough invested to last for whatever life we had left, the rest, however much, would go to deserving causes with whom I have had the privilege to work with throughout my life. Crumbs! I’m going to need a big win.
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