Sara Hayward

Over the course of one month I travelled through wind, rain and snow to visit 18 members of the all girl choir Gaggle in and around London. Jade Coles, was the 13th member to be visited.

It is freezing – everything is cast with a bluey grey coldness as I walk over the bridge towards the Honour Oak estate in Deptford, day 2 of the Gaggle project. I move past a bunch of looming high-rise flats before getting to a converted old school building where Sara lives with her boyfriend and their daughter. Sara grew up in Frome, Somerset. She is a full-time Mum and a member of Gaggle, where she is also known as Emmy.


When and how did you join Gaggle?
I joined in June 2011, I saw they were looking for new members on Facebook and went along to a meeting and had an interview with Deborah.

What does your bedroom mean to you?
It used to be my sanctuary, especially when I shared a flat. But now it’s basically just a place to sleep (when Mila lets me!)

Tell me about an object in your bedroom that particularly means something to you?
A photo of Emily, my sister who died when I was 12, she suffered from a rare genetic disorder. We were very close, she made me see life in a completely different way. My Gaggle name is Emmy in memory of her her and Mila shares her middle name, Grace.IMGP6765

What makes you happy?
Good food, good company, good music.

When did you last cry and why?
At the end of ‘Amour’, I went to see it a couple of weeks ago, it’s a beautiful film and so sad.

What song do you always go back to?
Heart – Crazy on You – I hear the riff and get butterflies.IMGP6763

What is your favourite word?
Treacherous, you hear it a lot when there’s snow. It’s a lovely word to say.

If you could invite anyone into to your bedroom who would it be and why?
Friends I’ve lost touch with over the years – it’d be nice to catch up.IMGP6773

What would you save if your bedroom were on fire and why?
Mila because she’s the only thing that’s truly irreplaceable.

What keeps you awake at night?

Naked or bed clothes?
Pajamas – I LOVE pajamas.IMGP6780

Find Sara on Twitter @sarahayward