Patricia Ford


Patricia Ford, Lady Fisher (née Smiles) born North Down, Northern Ireland April 5, 1921 (d. 1996); first Irish woman member of British parliament; founded Women Caring Trust to rescue children from civil violence 1972.


"[T]o help children and their families living in Northern Ireland most adversely affected by violence and community tension. The Trust. . . believes passionately that the best hope for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland is on the ground and in the communities. . . [and to] promote cross community activities and reconciliation among children and young people." (Statement of purpose of the Women Caring Trust)