“I have an interest in this area owing to my own experience of bowel disease which started 35 years ago.  Without organisations like The Bowel Disease Research Foundation there  would be far less of a chance of finding a cure to these often life long and debilitating conditions.  Plus the BDRF looks at the impact of these diseases from the patients perspective which is most welcome.  It is not always easy to find out exactly what research is going on and if you happen to be a sufferer of one of these conditions,  the fact a cure is being sought, is reassuring to say the least.  That is why I support the BDRF.”

What makes you happy?

Enjoying quality time with my family

What is your greatest fear ?

My main fear is serious illness within my family. I’m also fearful of ending up on Trans Parental Nutrition permanently after my bowel was damaged by surgery.

What is your most treasured possession?

My family

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Julie Walters

Which book changed your life?

Born survivor by Wendy Holden

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A doctor

What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?

Equally bad –
‘You must have been really wicked in your previous life ‘ ( in the context of my chronic health problems )

You are not the only person to ever be ill ( in the context of my depression following me developing a fistula )

Which living person do you most admire, and why?

There are many but to name one, Simon Weston for the courage shown after his life changing Falklands War experience.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

To find someone who could fix my fistula

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Managing to work full time through 25 years of surgery ( over 30 operations ) . Always being there for my family and never giving up, although the fistula is such a challenge.