Lady Mayoress of Birmingham Mrs Deed Curry
Deed was born in Cardiff in 1959. In 1972, when she was 12, Deed moved with her Mum and Dad to Bewdley, Worcestershire, a move that Deed was not too enthusiastic about. She missed her grandmother with whom she spent many hours learning to sew and knit; skills which would later play a major part in her future. She also missed living near the sea which was now far from landlocked Bewdley.
Deed went to Kidderminster High School for Girls where she studied both O and A levels. It was during her time in the 6th form that she met Carl. At that point she considered nursing or design as possible career paths but getting accepted at Hereford College of Art to complete a Foundation course determined the way forward. From there, Deed went on to attain a Degree in Fashion and Textile Design, specialising in Embroidery at Birmingham Polytechnic.
In the summer of 1984 Deed and Carl got married. Little did they suspect at the time that the coincidence of their surnames would cause such a media storm. A local radio station identified that a ‘Mr Rice’ was marrying a ‘Miss Curry’- obviously, a perfect match. Within hours every newspaper, both local and national, had latched onto the story and the BBC announced it on the breakfast news. It was quite overwhelming!
In 1986 and 1989 respectively, Joseph and Julia were born so for a number of years, Deed made a living working at home producing all kinds of items ranging from wedding dresses to accessories and soft furnishings. It was a chance visit of a friend to Birmingham Costume Hire that led to a new opportunity for Deed to join a company supplying costumes to theatres, film companies and schools all over the country. This was a dream job, allowing Deed to work on fantastic costumes from a huge collection which fitted very well with her love of theatre.
In 2006, Deed decided on a complete change of direction and joined the NHS at Selly Oak Hospital. Starting as a Health Care Assistant and then completing a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care she became an Assistant Practitioner with the Respiratory Support Team who support patients to manage their long term respiratory conditions. The team is now based in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
This is an extremely rewarding job which has provided an insight into the difficulties that people can face when trying to live with and manage a long term health condition. It is not only the physical symptoms that can be a challenge but coping with life changing circumstances and social isolation that can impact on patients and their families.
Deed is especially pleased that the Lord Mayor’s Charity has ‘Health and Well Being’ as its theme, providing an opportunity to raise awareness and funds to help support a variety of health related charities across the city.
Leisure – during her spare time Deed like to relax by either reading or swimming, she also loves to visit the theatre and cinema.
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