Dr Kathryn Mannix has spent her medical career working with people who have incurable, advanced illnesses. Starting in cancer care and changing career to become a pioneer of the new discipline of palliative medicine, she has worked as a palliative care consultant in teams in hospices, hospitals and in patients’ own homes, optimising quality of life even as death is approaching. She is passionate about public education, and having qualified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 1993, she started the UK’s (possibly the world’s) first CBT clinic exclusively for palliative care patients and devised ‘CBT First Aid’ training to enable palliative care colleagues to add new skills to their repertoire for helping patients.
Rochelle cared for her mother during a battle with terminal brain cancer has, having also lost her father to pancreatic cancer 10 years before. She has written a book, Handle with Care, in the hope others can draw comfort and learn from her devastating experience.
Rochelle looks back on her time caring for her Mum and says, "Self-care would have been a big one for me because when you're caring for a loved one they become the centre of the world overnight and every conversation and thought is about them.
Although the AWF-UK reduced it’s operations during the lockdowns, it did not stop us from helping our local and UK wide communities.
10,000’s of meals to vulnerable people in London, Care Packages were sent to health, social care and other front line services and also we have helped transport vulnerable people to take up their vaccines. Jan Ticehurst put out a request for extra vehicles to help with this transport.