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All the best: Sandra Moore discusses her favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

Published 21/11/2016

Sandra Moore
Sandra Moore
The Bucket List
The Book Thief

The 60-year-old is the CEO of Belfast's homeless charity the Welcome Organisation. She is married to Ken and they have three grown-up children - Rotha, Barry and Darryl.

My best moment

On a personal level it was getting the keys to the cottage of my dreams. It was something my husband and I talked about for years; a whitewashed cottage that we could retire to some day. It's in one of the most picturesque villages in Antrim you could imagine. Another moment was the opening of the Welcome Organisation's new state-of-the-art drop-in centre for homeless people in Belfast. Sometimes I can't believe that I was the catalyst behind this and I feel humbled that someone like myself got the opportunity to be part of something which makes a real difference to people's lives.

My best song

REM's Everybody Hurts. It seems a bit cliched given the job I do, but the lyrics remind me that we are all fallible.

My best way to relax

Going to the beach. It's one of the most enjoyable natural features the world has to offer. Watching the waves ebb and flow is so therapeutic. I'm a bit of a beachcomber and am always on the look out for any interesting pieces of drift wood which I can use for crafts - which is another great way to unwind.

My best job

As the CEO of the Welcome Organisation's Homelessness Services for nine years, and having previously worked for the Housing Executive for over 30 years I am fortunate to have the chance to do a job which addresses the issues of many people, some of whom are struggling to survive. While it's a challenging role I relish the opportunity to come up with creative solutions to homelessness. And I'm very lucky to have a supportive staff around me who share my sense of humour.

My best movie

The Bucket List, with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, which is all about how joy can be contagious. Everyone should have a bucket list and mine is getting so long I might have to live until the age of 150.

My best gift

Being treated to freshly caught prawns cooked in garlic on board a Sir Lankan fisherman's boat. I was there with the Habitat for Humanity team to build houses - one of which was for a fisherman's family. Being poor they had little to give to show their appreciation, so this was how they thanked us. It was a wonderful experience and a really touching gesture.

My best achievement

Being recognised by the Institute of Housing Awards as a Housing Hero, although I wasn't there to collect the award as I was in Bangalore building houses. My husband and son attended in my place which was affirmation for them that I couldn't achieve the things I do without the support and understanding of my family and friends.

My best buy

My Kindle. Not only does it mean I can replace the pile of books I used to carry on holiday, but I can squeeze in a few more clothes to my case... or even more duty free.

My best book

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak which sensitively addresses the issue of man's inhumanity. The combination of the terrible events of the Holocaust with such believable characters makes this a real page turner. It is one of those books I will read time and time again.

Belfast Telegraph

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