Getting to Know: Jan Maddern

Jan Maddern
Jan Maddern

We have 14 questions and we want answers!

Jan Maddern is a scout leader, parish councillor and the director of Billy’s Wish a charity set up by Paul Dove and his family after the murder of his 21-year-old trainee mechanic son Billy in Hemel Hempstead town centre in 2011. 
The charity is committed to educating young people about knife crime and contributing to society in a positive way and Jan’s work is essential in helping achieve that.

What is your favourite food?

Bananas, and I’ve just discovered buffalo milk (long story)!

What’s the most played song on your iPod?

Second Choice by Any Trouble – they were my favourite fringe band of the 1980s

Your favourite quote?

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Favourite thing to do to relax?

Relax???? Why waste time?

Thing you hate doing the most?

Housework – life is too short!

Invite five famous people for dinner, past or present - who and why?

David Essex (my idol for 40 years!), Richard Hammond (yum yum), Eric Morecambe (the funniest man I ever saw), Nelson Mandela (a true inspiration) and Margaret Thatcher (I admired her for standing up for what she believed in)

Your Favourite place to go in Dacorum?

Easy one - Adventures with Hemel Hempstead Scouts

If the world was ending in 2014, what would you do differently?

Sell the house and use the money to take everyone I can on an amazing holiday to Florida!

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be and why?

The day Nelson Mandela was released from prison. It was the start of the road to freedom for millions and he led his country to a brighter future, although there is still a long way to go.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A police woman. Sadly I was turned down because I was too short... by 4 inches!

What was the last film you watched?

The Bucket List (comedy-drama starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman where two terminally ill men go on a road trip with a wish list of things to do before they “kick the bucket”) – brilliant!

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Emotionally: learn that my best friend died (I was 8 at the time). Physically: Walk the Coast to Coast – 210 miles across England to raise money for Children with leukaemia.

What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever given/received?

Best received: the birth of my amazing boys. Best given: a special pushchair to my best friend’s daughter when she had leukaemia.

How would you like to be remembered?

For always trying to help people make the most of their lives, standing up for what I believe to be right and (almost) always being happy!