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Paul Faulkner and Sam Fletcher-Goodwin | Turning the Kids’ Village dream into reality

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Since overcoming cancer as a child, Sam Fletcher-Goodwin and her family have dreamed of creating the UK’s inaugural holiday village for critically ill children.

Now, with support from a top team spearheaded by former Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive Paul Faulkner, plans are gathering pace to build the Kids’ Village in the picturesque Staffordshire countryside.

Paul, interim CEO of Kids’ Village, and Sam, the charity’s founder, talk to Henrietta Brealey about the transformational project – including the inspiration behind Sam’s idea and ambitious plans to bring her vision to life through a £5 million fundraising drive.

We also hear from our guests about their respective professional backgrounds.

Sam has forged a successful career as a radio presenter and producer, while Paul boasts an “eclectic” CV which includes banking, professional football (as CEO of Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest), working within a family office in the United States and, of course, leading the Chamber from 2015 to 2021.   

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