Joy was born in Hessle, Yorkshire and brought up in Blackpool. She trained as a Paediatric and General Nurse in Manchester, spent a year in Sydney, Australia, before returning to the UK to marry Bill, a Methodist Minister in 1963. Joy retired from the NHS in 1999.
She has four children, 11 grandchildren and two step-great grandsons all of whom she is very proud of and takes great delight in.
During their shared ministry Bill and Joy travelled in Basingstoke, South Lambeth, Dorking, Northwood and Amersham, before retiring to Aylesbury. In 1990 they took part in a ministerial exchange for 7 months with a Kenyan Methodist Minister to Nairobi, Kenya, and with their daughter, Corinne, had many life-changing experiences.
When Corinne founded the Karibuni Children in 1995 they both became Trustees and Bill the chairman until 2009. As Trustees they continued to travel around the country raising awareness about the needs of vulnerable, poor children and money to support the projects caring for them in Kenya.
With others they visited Kenya each year to meet and share with the people involved there, plan future support and funding.
Since Bill’s death in November 2012, Joy remains committed to Karibuni and the work in Kenya, and is inspired and encouraged by the children and staff there to keep on telling the story and raising funds.