Over lunch we quizzed her about some of her highlights and she said the project she was most proud of was Toys for Smiles. This was a project done in collaboration with The United Nations Refugee Agency, Aviation Without Borders and the International Scouts and Guides Federation which encouraged local families to donate toys which were sent to a Syrian Refugee camp in Za'atri, Jordan. The aim was to connect local and international children through the common medium of toys. Over 2,200 toys were collected from local families and packed into 114 boxes which were sent to Za'atr.
This moving short film shows some of the very toys packed by Simone and her colleagues being distributed to children:
We asked Simone what key skill her successor would have to have and she said strong arms to put all the tables up! Diplomatically she also said that the best thing about the job were the people she worked with. The nature of her post meant that she worked with a lot of volunteers and she was well known for giving them her favourite biscuit - a jammie dodger. So of course one of her presents had to be a jammie dodger cushion!
|Simone and the Jammie Dodger Cushion © Pitt Rivers Museum|
We wish Simone a fabulous time at the Museum of London but we are going to miss her good cheer, superwoman efficiency and creativity enormously.