Gillian Gerrard lives at Sue Ryder Care’s Cuerden Hall, a neurological care centre in Lancashire
Who has had the biggest influence on you?
My mother and my husband Terry.
Which health or social care professional has been most use to you?
The social worker who arranged for me to move into Cuerden Hall in 1998.
If you ran care services in your area what would you do differently?
Provide more timely information and more advocacy services.
Name one thing that would make your life better?
Being able to walk and finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.
Has any government policy ever benefited you personally?
No, but I have high hopes for the implementation of the National Service Framework for long term conditions.
What is your greatest achievement?
Obtaining my professional teaching qualifications and having three beautiful children.
Who would you like to swap places with?
Someone who has inner peace, perhaps a nun.
When did you last cry?
This morning, when I felt guilty knowing how my frustration had impacted on other people.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a reliable confidante.
What do you want for Christmas?
Respect and understanding.
What’s your New Year resolution?
Not to fire the bullets when others load the gun!