Patricia Campbell 50th Earth Day Magazine

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My Loving Daughter - Saida Speaks A Message From The Firstborn Son From Me To You - An Ode To Mother Meet The Bros On Top Of The World My Life So Far

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Nieces And Nephs The World In 1968 Get The Look Kodak Moments Marcus the Model Miami Heat 2016





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She Loves To Travel Being OK With Not Being OK The Puerto Rico 2018 Experience The Power Of Allowing Space San Juan Old Town Explored Sister Sister

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Together When I was first asked by Patricia to create a magazine to commemorate her first fifty years, I felt honoured and humbled. Patricia is a wonderful woman and a great friend, who puts her family and friends first, and I really wanted this to be reflected within her magazine.


or me, turning 50 is about recognition and excitement. I can look back over the last half century of my life and honestly say I am happy with who I have become and the lessons I have learned along the way. I am grateful for every single up and down, good and bad, opportunity and disappointment; for each and every one of them has shaped me, I believe for the better. As Oprah Winfrey once said “Nothing is ever wasted” something I truly believe. With the gift of hindsight and different life experiences, I intend to live a life of purpose. Take risks, laugh more, try new things, tick things off my bucket list, as I’ve learnt that it makes for a richer life.

The outpouring of love from her nearest and dearest was truly beautiful and I know that this has come across within these pages. If my life was to stay exactly the same, this would not fill me with much joy because I know that there are still parts of me that I still need to get to know. I’m still a relatively new Grandmother and I want to grow into that role. I look forward to what fun with my Ezra and future grandchildren lays in wait. In the very near future, I’ll be getting married, what does that look like? I’m so excited to find out. I’m looking forward to my life with positive Yes’s because I’ve finally learned to say No. This magazine is a celebration of turning fifty and loving every moment of it. Every single person in this magazine means the world to me. They have given me so much over the years and I am truly blessed and immensely grateful. Here’s to the next fifty years!

Patricia xxx

I hope you all enjoy reading this celebration of Patricia’s semi-centennial, as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

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y darling daughter, only the other day I was holding you in my hands, thanking God for my firstborn, I had tears in my eyes. Now as I am writing this to you, I am so happy knowing that I am blessed to have such a loving, kind and caring daughter. Patricia I am speaking for all the family in thanking you for always being there for all of us. You have helped me so much, every time I ask you for help, you and your sister are always there for me, thank you so much. Now it’s your big day and I wish you a very, very, very, very happy birthday. May God continue to watch over you and keep you safe, always.


My mother was a strict but loving parent, I only really ever got in trouble for chatting back and being cheeky. I didn’t give her much trouble as I was a homebody, I only really either went to school or church with my neighbours, there was always someone to play out with. I was told to get home before dark. Fun times! -Patricia


I remember when Pat and I had been invited to a friend’s at the time, house for dinner. Marcus was still a baby in nappies and came with us. Upon being served the main dish which didn’t look or smell very appetising, there was no way either of us wanted to eat it. I told Pat to wrap the food in the napkin and stuff it into one of Marcus’s nappies. Pat didn’t even separate the bones to make it look like she had eaten some of it, she just wrapped up all the food and put it into the nappy, one time. She made the host think she enjoyed it so much, they offered her more!

When Patricia got pregnant with her firstborn Marcus, her determination to make a better life for them was truly inspiring. Her dream was to take Marcus to Disney World Florida. So she enrolled herself into college and then university. Her determination to get her degree as a single mum on benefits was outstanding and amazing and I am so proud to see all of her great achievements since gaining her degree; and indeed taking Marcus away to Disney World not once, but twice! I am so proud of the beautiful and wonderful woman she is today. Love you, Mum xx

Top: Saida with first grandson Marcus Above Right: The great grandmother shares a moment with cutie-pie Ezra Above: Saida’s night out with her daughters | March 31st 1968




o Mum, The big 5.0….. wow, that’s maddddd! I’m so glad I wasn’t that kid at school with the old parent who couldn’t participate in sports day, haha! I have known you for like two thirds of your life. We have been on this journey together and we ain’t stopping one bit, you’re amazing! You have always been someone I idolised because you have always been my superhero. Literally you sheltered me from a lot and never looked back. Now being a parent I know it wasn’t easy at alllllll!!!!! We were a strong unit in Kembury Gardens and Lausanne Road and will only get stronger. Always and Forever! Love you Mum, your son.


Pat’s firstborn son Marcus has always shared a close and loving relationship with his mother. A young mother, Patricia had an ultimate inspiration which drove her to pursue further education, and encouraged her to strive for success. Using her own mother’s nurturing parenting style as her own blueprint, Patricia was proud to have a kind, caring son who also provided her with her first grandchild, Ezra. Now a father, Marcus has a lot more empathy and understanding for his mother and the great effort she put into raising him and they are able to bond even more as he navigates this new chapter.

Above: Love from her first Grandson Ezra Right: The first sons, eldest son gifts Yaya with her eldest grandson, Ezra Far Right: A young Marcus at nursery and school | March 31st 1968




am writing you to tell you that I love you, something I hardly ever do. I never tell you enough how much I love you and it’s something I must do. I need to let you know Mother, how much you really mean to me. So I’m telling you now, that you mean the world to me. I need to thank you deeply, for all you do for me. Your unconditional love toward me means a lot to me. You’ve never turned your back on me and I know it’s something you’ll never do. Anytime I need someone to talk to, you’re always there to help me through and anytime I need a favor, you always seem to be there, too. There’s nothing in this world that I could do, to pay you back for all you do. When God gave me to you, That’s the best thing he could ever do, So this poem is dedicated to you Because I don’t know how else to say ...Thank you.


Above: Rashaan is a traveller at heart, here he is styling and profiling at a wedding in Florida. Right: Suited but not quite booted, Rashaan sporting a 007 vibe Far Right: Rashaan as a cutie-pie head strong youngster

From the moment I was conceived to the present day, you’ve cherished me and shown me love beyond human and magical capabilities; and for that I am grateful. I know that me and Juno can be difficult sometimes but I’m sure these were challenges engineered by the universe for you to overcome. A mother protects their children, guides them and entrusts the house after they get married and don’t allow their eldest child to move back in. Your food is a gift from the astral realm, marinated in the pots of Uganda and eaten by your sons. Mi madre, I love ya and hope you don’t forget about Juno when you get married!



y beautiful big sister… Patricia My first best friend, my mentor and my shining star of inspiration. You are the best person I know. Inside and out, your beautiful soul radiates around you, giving a glow like noone else. God truly highly favoured me when he gave me you for a big sister. You have loved me, looked after me, protected me, guided me, taught me laughed and cried with me, always supported me, encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and go for my dreams. Thank you sooo much. You have shared your special journey of motherhood with me and shown me how to be a strong woman with a caring and giving heart. All these actions have helped me be who I am today. I have watched you accomplish so many wonderful things and feel privileged to have been able to support you and celebrate your dreams and goals. I am over the top proud of you and show off that you’re MY big sister. You are truly are an amazing person and sister. I treasure each moment of our relationship as it grows from strength to strength. For all the times I was a pain in the butt, I’m sorry. I thank you for your patience, tolerance and consistent love for me. You deserve ALL the happiness in the world. I pray for God to continue to highly favour and gift you abundantly each day with good health, love, happiness, joy, peace and grace. From your little sister.


I’ve never known life without my big sister and I never hope to. Pat has always been there for me, selflessly putting others before herself. Any problems I face, big or small, I know that she’s just at the other end of the phone, or a whatsapp message! She’s a wonderful mother, and now grandmother - and it’s wonderful to watch; her love, guidance and patience is amazing, and we’re blessed to have her, she’s a best friend as well as a sister. As she embraces her fiftieth year, I wish her nothing but success, happiness and opportinities, as I know that noone deserves it more.

I remember once being at one of many house parties with my sister. We both had our usual white plastic cup of drink and was doing a little two step… All of a sudden I feel what felt like water running down my leg… I look up no leak.. I look left nothing, I look to my right and see my sister standing there, fully sleeping and slowly tipping her drink onto me! I shrug her and she tells me she was just about to start dreaming…Dreaming!!! How are you even sleeping in a loud house party with big speakers booming big bass line music lol?!?!? Another incident that stands out was going to a comedy show with my sister when she was heavily pregnant with Rashaan. We had to walk up a few flights of stairs to get to our seats in the theatre. Unbeknownst to us there was a guy standing a few steps ahead of us who decided to imitate the sound of a very big vicious dog barking, which I have to say sounded very realistic. Now, everyone knows that I am the one who is petrified of dogs, but before I could even think of my getaway, my sister had one hand on her bump and the other on the banister and was racing like some athlete down the stairs! I realised it was a hoax and worried she would hurt herself, I had to run after her to tell her to stop running. You’d think I could catch an eight month pregnant woman but bwoy, I have to say she was fassssst…..! Love you sis!

Top: The most glam great-aunt in history, Sophie with two generations of Campbell men Above: Sophie and big brother Paul share a mojito Far Right: Patricia’s youngest sister shows off her glamourpuss side | March 31st 1968




ord on the street is that the message I sent you on your birthday had you in tears. You did say that at the time, but I thought you meant it figuratively. That message was the basis of what I wanted to say for your book and if I had any sense, I’d have saved it for that, so here we go again. I don’t think that I’ve ever truly expressed the depth of my gratitude to you for the part you played in one of THE most amazing experiences of my life. I had just “changed” (left before I was expelled) schools and had started attending Stockwell Park. They had an annual skiing trip to Austria (at Tulse Hill, the only place they took us was to Brixton police station) I begged Ma to let me go, knowing the answer before even speaking to her (we poor innit). Somehow you managed to get Ma to change her mind. I don’t know how you did it, but I’ll be forever grateful that you did. That was the first time I realised you were a practitioner of what is now called #BlackGirlMagic. You have always been a pioneer in my eyes. The first to fly the nest. First to expand our tribe and first to pick me up when life kicks my arse (again). During my turbulent teens, whenever I wanted to be a better version of what I was capable of being, I would look at my moral compass and follow the example you set, which makes you my true north. You have come such a long way from a braces-having, long socks-wearing bookworm and it has been a privilege to bare witness to your metamorphosis from caterpillar to beautiful Black butterfly. Speaking of bookworms, I have to credit you for my love of all things literary. For it was you that tuned me onto the joy of immersing oneself in a book.This allowed me to escape from my (sometimes harsh) reality, journey to different places around the globe and go to infinity and beyond. The book in question was “Tales of a fourth grade nothing” by Judy Blume and it changed my life. As I mentioned in the message I sent you on your birthday, you are more than just my big sister, you are my soulmate in the true sense of the word and I look forward to seeing you next lifetime. Not for a long time yet though! Shaun

Above: Youngest brother Shaun shares on of his usual “wry” observations Left: Shaun’s son Keiyen






Four siblings all with very different personalities, Pat is the quintessential big sister to them all

h, having a big sister, one of the most precious and special bonds you can have in life. Growing up with an older sister is a blessing in more ways than one. On top of all of the memorable times you share with her, you also learn a lot from her, too. Whether she is actually teaching you something, or you have just picked up tips from her by watching watch she does, everything you learn has importance in some way. “I smile because you’re my sister, I laugh because you can’t do anything about it.” - Unknown Growing up with an older sister that is two and a half years older than me has taught me a lot more than I ever realised. When looking back on my childhood, I realise that there is a lot that I didn’t do because my sister tried it and either she or my parents told me not to. My older sister and I are two completely different people. Yes, we have similarities, but there are so many things that we differ on, but growing up with an older sister taught me that I am never alone. She’s always there for me, no matter what. Whenever we fought as kids--and even now, it takes some time, but we always make up eventually. We love each other so nothing else matters. - Wayne

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I remember back in the day when we were all real young and Pat would fight all of us and bad us up. She would lay on her back then use her legs to kick us. She was like a helicopter Kick kick kick…! Wayne XXX

O Sibling love; Above: The Campbell clan share a laugh and a joke as they are so often used to doing Right: Brothers Wayne and Paul throw up signs in an attempt to be down with the ‘yoof’

God and I don’t really talk much. Childhood PTSD. Years spent in St Andrew’s church and a million other reasons. Even though the Heavenly Father and I are estranged, the one thing I big him up for is ensuring he put an angel within my circle. Thank you for your guidance, love, wisdom and for showing me how to be a decent human being during my dark teenage years. You have always been the standard to which I aspire, and I mean standard in the old school way. As in the flag bearing coat of arms, which you raise when going to war. Through your example, I raised my standards. Many moons ago, in one of my many English GCSE essays, I wrote that you were my second mother. This still holds true to this day. There are none among us who could be the eldest of our siblings. To watch you blossom like the middle name bestowed upon you, has been a joy. From nerdy geek (before that was a thing), to Mother to Jaja. You continue to amaze and inspire me. To the most beautiful human I know. Love Always xx Shaun

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Happy birthday Pat. You are simply amazing! I honour you and I see you, your light and wisdom. You have been a source of strength for me, you embody what it means to walk with love and affinity by your side. Continue to grow and continue to be someone who touches all that are blessed to know you. My sister and friend, Wayne.


Above: Patricia and Richard enjoy experiencing new places and cultures together, here Richard enjoys the pool Right: Whispering sweet nothings into her ear, Richard tells Patricia a thing or two Far Right: Richard has never been afraid to show his woman affection

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appy 50th, my beautiful Patricia, I’ve found this difficult to write because it’s really hard for me to quantify how much you mean to me….it’s immeasurable. From when we first met twenty something years ago and you sent my young man hormones crazy, to this present day. You have consistently been amazing and I thank you for it. Your love for people, your love for me, your love for fun, and your bottom!!! …. You always make me smile and I love you for being the person you are. Keep being special, Richard.


Do you have a ‘signature’ song? Sweetest Thing by Lauryn Hill is our jam - that reflects what Pat is to me, my sweetest thing. -Richard


The World


t first glance I thought yeah, yeah; I’ve mastered healthy relationships. I’m engaged to a wonderful man and I’m surrounded by loving family and friends. But the little internal voice said ‘you know the truth’ and the truth is that the most important relationship, the one with myself, is something I’m still mastering. I have fitness and health goals as well as business and personal goals and my relationship with them is at times negative and unsupportive. I have hypertension and I’m pre-diabetic but sometimes my food addiction wins. When I choose to not focus on my business, my relationship with me suffers as I’m not travelling in the direction I want to go in. I need more attention not from you but from me. My relationship with me needs more love, attention and nurturing but each day I turn up the love dial one notch at a time and make time to remember me. It’s a struggle, but having a great man supporting me keeps me grounded and balanced in ways I never imagined and I’m blessed and feel myself becoming a better person each and every day. It’s a wonderful thing to find your soulmate. I love that Richard has got me 100%, I can totally rely on him. I can be me with no make up, airs or graces. I get to be me totally which is amazing and it’s lovely to have his support. He guides me and reminds me of the beautiful person I am when I forget. He’s my safe place and my sweet spot. He is my first thought in the morning and my last at night as I’m giving thanks for him. I say that he is my reward for giving love another chance. Richard loves the way I love him, he appreciates my curves and my warm and generous nature. He loves my sense of fun and my wacky sense of humour, which he shares. He loves that I am there for him 100% as I am his biggest supporter.

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Spending time with the man I love is wonderful, he’s my best friend and we’re just compatible -Patricia

Above: Having known each other for over twenty years, Richard and Patricia have a fun-filled, varied history full of date nights and rich experiences Right: On holiday in Jamaica, a clean shaven Richard and Patricia take a selfie in the sun

He loves that I extend my love to his family and to those in need of a top-up of love and support. I’m so blessed and appreciative at this point and I’m on top of the world to have such amazing people in my life.


When did you realise it was love? I loved Richard way back in the 90’s, but we parted company around 1994 after a brief romance. I didn’t see him again until 2005, we reunited as a couple in 2010 and got engaged in 2018. We’re now happily planning our wedding! -Patricia | March 31st 1968



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t was the end of the swinging sixties, the Victoria Line on the London Underground had just opened and Martin Luther King was making great change in America. It was in this climate that Saida Sebaduka laboured in Annie McCall Maternity Hospital in Jeffreys Road, Stockwell on March 31st 1968. Two weeks late and weighing a little over 6 lbs, Patricia Campbell was born, screaming and perfectly formed. A childhood in the seventies and eighties was certainly an experience... “So much is different then from now. I remember life before the internet, mobile phones, CD players and microwave ovens. When I was born, there were only three TV channels in the UK. BBC1, BBC2 and ITV, which shut down overnight. There was no Breakfast TV. The milkman made daily deliveries, so you didn’t need to go to the shops to get your milk. I didn’t grow up with central heating, so the paraffin heater was used a lot to keep the flat warm. I remember regularly having to go to the paraffin shop to get refills.

There was a lot more eating at home, as my mum always cooked. Takeaways were a ‘once in a blue moon’ treat. Life was simple, but good.” Coming from a big family, her mother Saida, or Sue as she is often known, was born in Makerere, Uganda in 1948, impressively one of approximately 58 children. Patricia’s grandfather had six wives and worked to get Saida to the UK. Arriving in the summer of 1963 when she was fourteen, she attended Garrett Green School in Wandsworth. Meeting Patricia’s father Vincent Campbell, a Jamaican national who came to the UK in 1960, they got along well and a romance soon followed. One of thirteen children, Vincent was born into a large family in St Ann’s Jamaica in 1937 and like many West Indians, worked for British Rail and Ford once in England. Pat shares further “I was quiet, loved to read and Brixton library was my favourite place to be. As I never wanted to get in trouble, I was a people pleaser.” A childhood hero was Martin Luther King Jr, and Patricia remembers key events such as Mandela leaving prison and Ali being the best Heavyweight boxer in the world. quite simple, just be true to yourself, kind to others, enjoy

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Above Left: A young Patricia ready to embark on life with a studious and inquisitive nature Above: The Campbell kids in full nineties effect


If I could go back in time to meet the younger me, I’d give her a big hug and advice on being confident -Patricia



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From a responsible older sister to a hardworking mother of two, Patricia has never been one to take the easy way out...


he eldest of three brothers Wayne, Paul and Shaun and a sister, Sophie; Patricia grew up surrounded by love, laughter and boisterous rough play. “I grew up in a three bedroom flat in Clapham. We lived there until I was fourteen. I remember fighting with my brothers but as the eldest, I had a lot of responsibility and I had to keep them in order so I didn’t get in trouble. That flat was a bit cramped for me and my four siblings, but we made it work.” A quiet and mainly studious child, Patricia enjoyed books and her inquisitive nature wasn’t hugely challenged. “My mother was the strict parent, I only really ever got in trouble for chatting back and being cheeky. However, I really only either went to school or church with my neighbours, so I kept it quite local and there was always someone to play out with.” Teen years were pretty uneventful, spent studying, babysitting and living life surrounded by family. So it was all the more surprising when Patricia went on her first date at eighteen. Travelling to the cinema to see the latest horror flick, Nightmare on Elm Street, Patricia loved a good scare and felt like a real grown up.

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Growing from a shy, introverted teenager to a fun loving woman, fast forward a few years and her firstborn son, Marcus Nathaniel arrived in July of 1989. Nine years later, Rashaan Dominic came along completing the family. “I had so much fun with my sons. I wanted them to grow up surrounded by love and in an environment where they could express themselves and feel confident in their own skin. One of the ways that I wanted them to explore and develop their identity is through going to new places and experiencing different cultures.”

I remember when I was once called in to school Patricia never met her paternal grandparents but to speak to his year one teacher because Rashaan she had met her maternal grandfather once in 1975 completely refused to interact with him. It had and her grandmother on a trip to Uganda in 1995. transpired that the teacher didn’t realise that “Travel has always been important to me and I Rashaan was first in the queue to go to lunch, was fortunate enough to take my sons on holidays another child pushed in and although the teacher all around the world. I also wanted them to have sorted Rashaan’s grumble, Rashaan felt that the hobbies and be passionate about things; Marcus was other child was not dealt with properly by the an avid Arsenal fan and had a season ticket since teacher. Consequently, he wouldn’t speak to or look he was nine years old. He’d often be taken by my at the teacher! Every time he was called, he would brother, and I’d love to hear about the games from put his head down and shut his eyes. When Rashaan him. There were times when his uncle didn’t bring him home until after midnight because Arsenal had very calmly told me the reason for his actions in front of the teacher, I was absolutely won a cup or the Premier League gobsmacked…my headstrong title. Marcus’ voice would be little boy was setting the stage hoarse from celebrating with the other fans. I loved the passion and and we were just players on it! excitement he felt and was blessed As time has passed, I’m delighted that I could create that magic to report that they’ve both for him. Rashaan was the exact matured into loving, generous young men and I’m proud to be opposite of his brother. He was their mother. born knowing exactly what he did We like to talk and I’m glad that and didn’t like. I soon realised that we’re close and enjoy a loving I had to work it out pretty quickly, relationship. The one piece of because he was a stubborn child advice I can offer them for their and wasn’t one to compromise Barbados Carnival - a slice of the sun lives is that each and everyone of easily. He didn’t share his brother’s us has unlimited potential and life is for loving and love of football and he was a quiet child who often living. I sincerely hope they always strive to live life clung to me like glue. He preferred to entertain himself and play alone, and I quietly respected that. to the fullest as they both deserve it.


Tell us a standout moment from your life? I met my Richard at a barbecue in 1993. I thought he was absolutely gorgeous, with the most sensual eyes.. -Patricia


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My dearest Aunty Pat, Happy Birthday! Wishing you more life full of blessings on your special day. Thank you for always being there for me when I need you. I’m forever grateful. Love you always, Shaq xx

Happy Birthday Aunty Pat! You deserve all the best and more. Thank you for all you have done for me and the boys. Love you always, Jordan, Jediah & Jasai xxx

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Happy Birthday Aunty!! You’re one of my biggest role models in the family and you’ve always been there to support me through any part of my life where I’ve needed help. You always do the best you can to bring the family together and deserve to have an incredible birthday. Love Skai Happy Birthday Aunty!! You’re a light in all our lives and we’re so grateful to have someone like you to hold the family together. We appreciate everything you do for us. God has blessed you with another year and I wish he blesses you with many many more. Lots of Love Eden x Aunty Pat, you’re an absolute Queen!! Thank you for existing as loudly and proudly as you do, it’s inspiring. Have an incredible birthday and love you always, Tia x

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I’ve never seen 50 look so good. You do it with so much grace and elegance too. You are an amazing and kind woman and an integral part of the family. We would truly be lost without you. Thank you for all that you’ve done for us, we are forever grateful. Lots of love and blessings on your 50th and wishing you 50 more, it’s only the beginning. Lots of love, Eden

A Top Aunty For being your nephew we’re extremely proud. To love you dearly, forever we’ve vowed. Together we’ve laughed, together we’ve grown. Your voice warms our hearts each time on the phone. Countless lessons of life, from you we have learned. No matter our age, you’re always concerned. Words can’t fully describe, how we truly feel. The bond that we share, is a very big deal. You have nurtured and cared, since the day of our birth. we feel like the luckiest, nephews on earth. | March 31st 1968



Pat I thank you for being my cousin, sister, friend, mentor and my heart (I always call you that). I will always be at your side. No amount of water can separate us, too much water has passed under our bridge!! I love you and wish you nothing less than absolute happiness in everything you do. Here’s to another 50+ contented years in good health. Love Fi xx

Supermodel Flavour Above: Fiona, Pat and Sophie regularly strutted their runway stuff in friend Pauline’s fashion shows Right: Fiona and her husband and their daughter

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To Pat, we go back to Lambeth College days. You’re an amazing woman & have always supported me. Happiness Marcia & Brian

To Pat, It’s lovely to be able to share this milestone with you. You are definitely setting new standards for what it means to be 50. Stay blessed, Rowena x


To our dearest friend Pat, on your birthday I’d like to propose a toast to you. My life is better for knowing you and the world is a better place for having you in it for the last 50 years. Happy anniversary of you! Love from Prita & Harps x

Dear Pat, Happy 50th Birthday. Have a wonderful day! God Bless, Love from Gail

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Happy 50th Birthday Pat, may God continue to bless you & keep you. Wishing you the very best on your birthday, Love Mitsou and Nana

To Aunt Patricia, Have a splendid birthday filled with love, joy and peace. Lots of love, from Winston, Ky & Jo x

To Pat, Happy 50th, wishing you a beautiful new decade. Love Tracey, Howard, Ethan and Iris x

To Pat, Age never touches you, you’re looking younger every year. Love ya, from Rosie Dee

Dear Pat, have the most wonderful 50th year. Very best wishes, happy birthday Love Jacqui & children

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Robert Nesta Marley, Love his vibe, love the songs, lyrics and love his legacy.

APOLLO 8 ORBITS THE MOON December 24: The tumultuous year ended on a positive note at least, as three astronauts aboard Apollo 8—Jim Lovell, Bill Anders and Frank Borman— became the first humans to orbit the moon. mph in order to break free of Earth’s

SAIGON, VIETNAM February 1 Chief Brigadeer General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, of the South Vietnamese national police, executes an officer with a single pistol shot to the head.

Who are two people in history you admire most and why?

Oprah Winfrey, for being true to herself, her vocation and for her ability to evolve and remain current.

ENOCH POWELL On 20 April 1968, British Member of Parliament Enoch Powell addressed a meeting of the Conservative Political Centre in Birmingham, United Kingdom. His speech strongly criticised mass immigration, especially Commonwealth immigration to the United Kingdom and the proposed equality Race Relations Bill.

It was invented in the kitchen of Delligatti’s first McDonald’s franchise, located on McKnight Road in suburban Ross Township. ... The Big Mac debuted at Delligatti’s Uniontown, Pennsylvania restaurant in 1967, selling for 45 cents.

UK - FIRST CLASS POST The two-class postal system was introduced in 1968, using first-class and second-class services. The Post Office opened the National Giro Bank that year. In 1971, postal services in Great Britain were suspended for two months between January and March as the result of a national postal strike over a pay claim.

Gold medalist Tommie Smith (center) and bronze medalist John Carlos (right) held up the black power salute, showing the raised fist on the podium after the 200 m race at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Both wear Olympic Project for Human Rights badges and were actually wearing each hand of a pair of gloves borrowed to them by the third athlete.

BORN THIS YEAR: Willard Carroll Smith Jr or Will Smith, September 25th Naomi Watts, September 28th Jerry Yang, November 6th,

The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., leader of the Civil Rights Movement, takes place in April of 1968 when he was killed by James Earl Ray. King’s assassination leads to violence and race riots in U.S. cities. | March 31st 1968



Camera, action; The queen of angles, Pat knows how to fully work the shot, especially in heels

I’m a business analyst, as well as a speaker and wellness coach. I love to empower women to find their natural rhythm -Patricia

Denim Rocks; Right: Pat poses in the sea in Miami looking sunkissed and effortlessly classy Below: Chunky earrings with a diamante accent complete the flattering look




From corporate to “ethnic” and everything in between, fashionista Patricia leads the rest when it comes to the style stakes Final touches; Left: Simple leather thong sandals combine function as well as style Right: An advocate of the au natural look, if needed, a touch of eye make up and subtle lipstick and eyeliner is all that’s required






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Having always had a nurturing spirit, motherhood was a natural vocation for Patricia My sons, I am here I cannot protect you from the world. My sons, I am here, I can only love you, No matter what My sons, I am here, My love is unconditional, On this you can rely My sons, I am here, To guide and to teach you And now you must fly My sons, I am here, Life can be difficult I hear your cry My sons, I am here, Changes are painful Never forget who you are My sons, I am here, Maintain the faith In yourself and in God My sons, I am here, Self acceptance is yours Do not fear My sons I am here. | March 31st 1968


Model behaviour Marcus modelling Maurice Whittingham menswear at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, with photography by Tino Antoniou


We have been on this journey together and we ain’t stopping one bit, you’re amazing! | March 31st 1968


Synch To Pat, we have a 20 year relationship during which we have laughed, cried, healed, danced and sung together (Destiny’s Child – Barbados 2002!). During that time you have been a consistent reflection of all that is good in humanity. You have served the homeless at Christmas, helped those in pain and fed the hungry at family occasions! So as you arrive at this golden age, I wish all the goodness that you put out to be showered on you until you decide you’ve had enough to call it your best life. Love always, Carine xx

Calming, soothing, a fountain of knowledge in a desert of confusion is how I would describe Patricia. A long time friend of my mum, Pauline, Pat has been a part of my life since I was a child. Our first family holiday to Florida when I was fifteen included Pat and Marcus and it was great. Mum was designated driver and Pat was map lady. Her calm direction as she navigated the unfamiliar American highways at night is a particular standout memory. It was part of an unforgettable holiday we repeated in 2011...

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...A firm fan of her life coaching skills, I’ve been blessed to be the recipient of reliable advice on health, love and relationships which have been invaluable. As Pat now reaches a milestone of 50 years, I pray that the next fifty brings her continued health, wealth and happiness and that she realises how beloved, valued and irreplaceable she is to us all. An honorary aunty to me amongst my mother’s other three sisters. Love you Pat, stay blessed. God bless, Krystle xxx


Love, family and friendship are most important to me. I think my life would be pretty dull without these -Patricia

hronicity To the youngest 50 year old I know. Dear Pat you look great for any age and you need to hug whoever said 50 is the new 30 because you are actually fabulous. You have created a beautiful life and a wonderful family so relax, enjoy and have lots of fun. Love Patricia, Adil & Shummy xxx

She is the big sister that I never had. She looked after my son Amari so much, I just love her for it and everything she has done. She is great with Amari and has always been good to him and never left him out and he loves her so much he is taking her away on holiday in 2019! Pat is just the best and you can’t get any better. Love you lots, Chantell x

AUNTY PAT THE G.O.A.T. This woman is definitely one - the (G)reatest (O)f (A)ll (T)ime!! Her love, her caring ways, the time she invests in people is amazing. She is an inspiration to us all and has even been compared to the greatest Aunty of All Time!! I applaud you and thank you for everything you’ve done for me as you are someone people can turn to when they need a helping hand and your hand is always held out to pick those up who are in need.We all love you so very much Aunty Pat xx From Amari | March 31st 1968






o my wonderful sweet P. I am so blessed to have you in my life. Thank you for being my friend. This is your year, seize it and make all your dreams come true and shine bright like a diamond, for you are truly one of a rare kind. Love you to the moon and back.

Sabrina, Shantie and Yello


ear Aunty Pat, I thank you for being in my life, I have known you since I was born and you are a fourth Aunty to me. I wish you all God’s blessings and hope you enjoyed Puerto Rico with my mum and all the other ladies.



here are certain people who make the world a better place just by being in it. Pat, you are one of those people. Your kindness, compassion, spirituality, warm heart, love and support is always there for people when they need a friend. You will do anything to see someone smile. You are beautiful inside and out. We wish you a very Happy 50th Birthday. We Love You.

Sonia, Shani and Lewis xx


ear Aunty Pat, It’s easy to overlook certain things because we are so used to them being in our lives, such as having a warm bed, hot water, and a roof over our heads. The same can go for people. Only when I take the time to really think about it through do I realise how much of a positive influence you have had in my life. You consistently support me in whatever I do and have motivated me to become better than I thought I could have ever been. There are countless small acts of kindness that you do, asking for nothing in return, like the shopping trip to Diesel and all the cooking you do for the family gatherings (which wouldn’t be the same without your food!). I remember that moment when you called me your hero, and I don’t know if you would have ever predicted how much hearing that has helped to push me to live up to that and how much it bolstered my self-confidence. You are one of my biggest role models and if I grow up to have even a shred of your determination, kindness, wisdom, thoughtfulness or strength, I will have been blessed. Thank you for all you have done for me and have a very happy birthday.



o My One & Only Aunty Pat Happy 50th Birthday to one of the most inspirational women I know and have had the pleasure to know all my life! You’re so strong and independent and that alone is amazing. You open my eyes and showed me another more relaxed side of life. A side where passion and love drives you to places I never knew existed. You are a real big part of who I am today and I thank you for everything you’ve done for me.


o my beautiful sister Patricia Campbell you are an amazing individual, open hearted, kind, generous and honourable. You have faced the challenges of life with such grace and humility and emit such a wonderful aura that touches and blesses everything and everyone with its radiance. Keep shining your beautiful light, the world is a better place because of you. Happy 50th Earthday - wishing you an eternity of joy. Your sister and friend always, With all my love x

Carine Tyrell | March 31st 1968



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I was unsure as a teenager, scared to admit what I liked and didn’t like. I cared about what others thought about me. Now I feel so much more self assured and I know who I am, I know what my talents and gifts are. -Patricia

Being Okay with With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose. -Wayne W. Dyer




Being Okay

’ve been talking a lot about space and acceptance because they present opportunities for a lot of growth. I’m learning to accept that there are situations in the past I would have fought hard to control and resolve, because I used to be uncomfortable with someone thinking they had me all wrong. What I’m learning is that I have to be okay with not being okay. I have to be okay with another’s perception of me, even if I think it’s unfair. I’m learning to see past the pain and the hurt of the situation and trying to see why this is happening for me and the other party involved. I’m allowing the situation space and hoping and praying that this space is just seen as that, not seen as stubbornness, ignorance, as if I’m holding onto negative feelings. Even if it’s seen as that, should I really care? I think that’s my bruised ego trying to have a say. This is a lesson in patience, trust and self-love, as I’m developing new personal boundaries out of love for me and the other person. What I know I must do is see this situation through the eyes of love, for everyone involved and trust that with space, time and acceptance, all will grow and all will be resolved.


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uerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. In San Juan, the capital and largest city, the Isla Verde area is known for its hotel strip, beach bars and casinos. Its Old San Juan neighborhood features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and El Morro and La Fortaleza; massive, centuries-old fortresses. Hurricane Maria is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record to affect Dominica and Puerto Rico, and is also the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Jeanne in 2004. On August 28, 2018 (nearly a year after the hurricane), Puerto Rico revised their official tally of 64 killed in the hurricane up to 2,975 making the total 3,057.


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riginally populated by the indigenous Taíno people, Puerto Rico was colonized by Spain following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1493. It was contested by the French, Dutch, and British, but remained a Spanish possession for the next four centuries. The island’s cultural and demographic landscapes were shaped by the displacement and assimilation of the native population, the forced migration of African slaves, and settlement from the Canary Islands and Andalusia. In the Spanish Empire, Puerto Rico played a secondary but strategic role compared to wealthier colonies like Peru and New Spain. Spain’s distant administrative control continued up to the end of the 19th century, producing a distinctive creole Hispanic culture and language that combined indigenous, African, and European elements.

endence Left: The girls have some fun time taking funny snaps on the beach as they pose for the camera Right: Asked to get in character the girls put on their best Top Model pouts | March 31st 1968


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This is a powerful lesson for me as I am examining where I need to allow space in my life. I have been reminded time and time again by my loved ones that I am only human, that I am not perfect...


’m learning more and more each day that allowing space between you and a situation can help to reveal the appropriate action to take. I had employed the services of a therapist, paid upfront for a number of sessions. The first few sessions were easy to book and I got so much value from attending them. I loved the care and attention paid by the professionals. When it came to booking another session, it was unsuccessful and the therapist would take an age to reply to requests. Eventually after about five weeks of trying, I managed to get something in the diary. I went for my session at the agreed time and the therapist wasn’t there. I called, knocked no response. Before I got annoyed, I said a quick

erment prayer and asked for guidance on how to handle this situation. I knew that flaring up wasn’t the right response in that moment, even though I had spent 90 minutes travelling to my appointment. The therapist contacted me later on that day to apologise and explain that there was an emergency. I was okay-ish with that and hoped all was okay with them. I then tried to rebook the appointment and there was radio silence, no engagement or acknowledgement from them. This went on for about a month. I was far from happy. I wanted to send them a message telling them I wanted a refund, cuss them out for being a lying thieving so and so, expose them on social media, let the world know they were a fraud!! I didn’t do this, again I prayed on it and gave it space. `I needed the space

to allow the right message to emerge, without all the sting of the emotion attached. After about two weeks of letting it marinade, I sent a communication to the therapist. I acknowledged that they are excellent at what they do, but lacked professionalism and integrity. I acknowledged that I liked them and appreciated the work we had done together thus far. I said that I would have been willing to be flexible with regards to timing etc. but was denied this through their lack of communication. The result of this was that the therapist contacted me straight away and apologised profusely and thanked me for bringing something so big to their attention. They admitted that my message was akin to a megawatt

lightbulb shining on them and showing them where they had fallen short recently and where they were not in alignment with their own levels of integrity. It was such a lovely call and I felt good about the part I played in their enlightenment. I gave thanks for actually paying attention to the little voice inside - my intuition. The upshot is that we have continued our sessions with a deeper level of love and understanding. For me, I am pleased, I gave the situation space and by doing so I didn’t get caught up with the negative chat of the ego, which would have led to take an action which I may have regretted. I remained empowered and in alignment with my own integrity and the outcome was all the better for it. Space is vital but sometimes we just don’t allow ourselves enough of it.



at and I met back in the 1990s, we were young single parents, both trying to create a better life for our children. We met through a third party and used to go raving as a group, shaking a leg to Shake and Finger pop, Soul2Soul and the like. Those were the days, our week would be; study in the week, work on a Saturday, kids sent to the grandparents for the weekend and rave Saturday night. Sundays were spent at mums with the rest of the family. Then on Monday, it would all start again! We always got on well and decided to go on holiday together. When I told her my mum would be coming she was a little wary, but once she met my mum all fears were gone. Our first holiday was to Florida. I made a deal that as long as I didn’t have to cook or wash up, I was happy to do all the driving. In those days there was no Sat Nav so we had to rely on printed maps. Pat was a great navigator and we had the most fabulous time. This was the start of many happy times together, from themed parties to big picnics in the park for our eldest children, whose birthdays are in late July, a day apart, we always made the most of what we had.

TALES Back in the nineties and early 2000s when I was studying, I ran a small clothing company buying and selling ladieswear and putting on fashion shows. Pat was one of my models and took pride in presenting the brand to the best of her ability. Pat is loyal, reliable, honest, caring and calm in any situation. She is so level-headed and does not panic, and is the kind of person you want around you in an emergency. Like the time her 18 month old son decided he wanted to leave the park we were hanging out in, to walk out of the park by himself and attempt to cross the main road. Pat kept her cool when all around her was panicking and arguing and eventually her son was found. Another time I parked my mum’s car on a certain road when we went to a rave. When we came out the club, after walking up and down for a while I couldn’t find it. We called the police and I had to embarrassingly tell them I didn’t know the registration, or anything about the car. While I was freaking out, Pat stayed cool which actually calmed me down. Even though she was laughing at me. We eventfully realised we were looking for the car on the wrong road - typical!



It’s been a great journey and there are so many stories I could tell, throughout our friendship we have never had an argument or disagreement, we have respect for one another and I see her as a wonderful role model not just for me but for all the women in her life. -Pauline xx

Above: Charlie’s Angels don’t have anything on this bunch Far Right: Sonia channels her inner “Bey” in leopard print headwear Top right: Frolicking on a sweltering beach never gets old

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At this point I’m keen to surround myself with people who encourage me to be the best version of myself -Patricia





Above: The glorious street parrots in the town square Right: The ladies pose with the parrots with one plucky diva perching her feathery friend on her head

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very memorable Puerto Rican moment was when we all visited the old town in San Juan and had an afternoon of Pina Coladas sitting outside a bar, singing Bob Marley and laughing until my belly hurt. Then the madness taking pictures with parrots afterwards and ordering a seafood platter which my sister and I shared. My sister flicked one of the baby octopus’ onto Siobhan’s chest. It looked like a baby alien landed on her. I will never forget Siobhan’s reaction, it will always make me laugh.... Just being together with a great group of ladies, felt like being a part of a loving sisterhood. We laughed, drank, dressed up, danced, shopped, supported each other and made bonds even stronger. My real favourite moments were just seeing my sister’s reaction to all the surprises planned for her through out the trip. Her reaction to all the love she got from the group was also amazing to witness.


Above: One of the ladies favourite activities was to explore the city centre, checking out the landmarks and the historic artefacts Left: Whilst it was a holiday for indulgence, the ladies were savvy enough to pack their gym gear and regularly indulged in yoga and healthy fitness sessions

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Never far from my thoughts are memories of Puerto Rico, Pat celebrating her 50th birthday and her looking stunning! The girls sunbathing on the beach, drinking rum, taking pictures and just living their best lives. I still recall the smiles shown on everyone faces, while taking in all the beauty around them. I am so glad to have been part of this amazing holiday, sharing all the laughter and having an unforgettable time. -Sumaya

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he trip to Puerto Rico to celebrate my sister’s 50th birthday was really amazing in so many ways. It is a trip I will cherish the memories of forever. I enjoyed many highlights during this holiday, way too many to list but here are a few more.... Trying to co-ordinate with the ladies to help me decorate the hotel room for my sister as she slept so that she would be surprised when she woke up on her birthday. Trying to sneak out the decorations and wait for my sister to fall asleep, then creep about in the dark whilst decorating the room was crazy funny... and yes she was surprised...! Surprising my sister with a pj party after getting her glammed up for ‘Sexy Sinorita’ night. This turned into a fashion show and roof top party which was soooo much fun..... I had so many good times with all the ladies, especially on the beach. One of my favourite times was on my sister’s actual birthday and we all dressed in black and white and took photos including the Wakanda pose! I absolutely loved all our themes, we all looked fantastic each and every time!!! Another great time for me was doing a photo shoot with just me and my sister on the beach. We got to spend time together being sisters and having fun posing for pictures like we were models....priceless! A truly wonderful holiday, thanks Sis!




Sister “Spending time with the sister I love is wonderful, she’s my best friend.” - PATRICIA CAMPBELL

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totally resonate with this. I can recollect times when I’ve ignored my intuition and ended up having to feel the repercussions. I know and trust that my intuition will always lead me to my highest good.

Top: Sumaya, Merle and Sophie, bedazzling in silver glitter, off the shoulder and mini dresses, you can’t get much more glam than that Bottom: The golden crew ready to hit San Juan


had the privilege to attend Pat’s fiftieth birthday celebration in Puerto Rico and had a lovely time. There is a reason someone can invite 14 unconnected people to travel across the Atlantic with no obstacles and Pat epitomises just what a good friend is. Happy Birthday Patricia, Love you lots, Pauline xx.


This year you turned 18 with 32 years of experience! You are like the fine wine that gets more exquisite with age. Happy Birthday and have the best time of your life! Love Sumaya xx


am most grateful and honoured that I was part of the Puerto Rico posse to celebrate with the lovely, gracious Patricia. I got to meet many new friends along the way with the bonus of exploring a new country. The hotel was really nice and well placed with nearby restaurants and shops to feed my frenzy! It was a bonus that we had the benefit of the beach at the sister hotel nearby. We had some fantastic moments bonding by the sea, drinking, chilling and chatting in a perfect setting. I had a lot of fun with the dressing up occasions, despite my mishap with damaged clothing prior to arrival! The birthday girl herself looked exquisite and sexy in her gold finery. That outfit was rocking it and Pat, you looked 100% magnificent, poised and stylish without even trying. I noticed your strength of character and your ability to keep a cool head. Please carry on flying that flag girl, because you have those little things that can’t be bought, like humility and courage. I particularly enjoyed the roof area of our hotel, where I spent many a day reading my books to my hearts content. I’ve never been sunburnt before, but hey, what’s a burnt nose when you are relaxed and recharging your batteries in the 90 degree sunshine in Peurto Rico!! Most of all, thanks for letting me be a part of your 50th birthday celebrations. Heres’s looking forward to next time. Say the place, name the date and my case is packed!



“Spending time with the girls I love is wonderful, they’re my best friends.” -Patricia


uerto Ricooooo! Celebrating Pat’s

birthday full of fun, laughter, yoga, relaxation, meeting new friends and all in the beautiful Caribbean sunshine!

I didn’t want to leave! My favourite places visited were San Juan Old Town and the fabulous La Placita where we had an amazing time dancing in the street with the locals to live music and bursting out of the bars and cafes. I had an amazing time and would definitely return to the island again.

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Girl's Night Out

A splash of colour was the theme of the night and the girls did not disappoint.

Top: Group photo taken on evening out in San Juan Middle: Old friends Pauline and Patricia posing in the hotel Above: Patricia strikes a pose in a beautiful African print halterneck

Top: Anouska, Patricia and Darya ready to roll Above: Anouska posing in an elegant blue gown accentuating her curves in all the right places | March 31st 1968


AC Hotel San Juan Condado


ituated in the heart of Puerto Rico’s capital city, AC Hotel San Juan Condado places guests just steps from the sights and sounds they crave. Whether looking to stroll the shores of Condado Beach, soak up San Juan’s colorful architecture and historical museums, or attend an event at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, the hotel perfectly positions guests near all of their desired destinations and Patricia’s party made full use of all the amenities. From contemporary eateries to rooftop pool overlooking the ocean, there were always Insta-worthy shots just a click away.

Top: The pool where many happy moments and cocktails were enjoyed Above: The hotel’s sumptuous lobby was a regular meeting point for the busy, socially active girls

Left: Ready, set, go...chilling is serious business Below: The ladies pose and enjoy the sun in the impressive roof top pool | March 31st 1968



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A star is born: Fifty years prior, when the planets aligned, Patricia Campbell was born and nothing was ever the same again. Harking back to a golden era (the nineties) Patricia celebrated in style with her nearest and dearest


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