It is my privilege to interview the wonderful Poppy Mardall, Director of Poppy’s Funerals – a modern funeral company, providing personal, affordable funerals. Poppy lives in London with her husband and daughter.
I was lucky enough to grow up with Poppy and her family. Even as a toddler, she helped people (even if it was just filling up their buckets with hose water!). Interested in art, she became a Deputy Director at Sotheby’s in London (arguably already a ‘dream job’). But after a series of big life events, including travelling to Ghana and contracting typhoid, during her six month recovery she realised she wanted to do something to help people and that “although death is a scary, and taboo subject, I could help to make funerals a better experience.” So she started her own funeral business.
Poppy’s Funerals won the Natwest Everywoman Demeter Award 2015 and Wandsworth Business Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.
What would you do if you were Queen for 24 hours?
I’d throw a massive daytime garden party for all the unsung heroes in our communities who work tirelessly in difficult circumstances. There’d be midwives and community nurses and gravediggers and volunteers from excellent charities like Cruse Bereavement Care and Samaritans. The royal wardrobe would be in the middle of the garden in a huge dressing up box so everyone could look smashing.
Who would you make time to see?
What, and where, would you eat, and with whom?
Where would you go/visit (i.e. part of the country or attraction)?
What would you make a public speech about?
What would you wear?
What would be your greatest indulgence?
And finally … what new law would you introduce?
I’d impose mobile device free zones so there are safe spaces you can go where you’ll never feel your conversation is less interesting than a Facebook notification. If you break this rule, you lose the right to access social media for 10 years.