Why I’m wearing purple on Friday 26th May

On Friday 26th May 2021, it’s time to raid your wardrobe and dress in purple to show your support for Purple Day. What is Purple Day? Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy worldwide. Last year, people in more than 85 countries took part. The first… Continue reading

Empowering girls in Zimbabwe to fulfil their potential (and how you can help me to support this amazing cause)

Did you know that, in Zimbabwe, women constitute 60% of the illiterate adult population?  Although most girls who do attend school complete Grade 7 (around the age of 11 or 12), there’s a sharp drop in attendance from female students once they move into secondary education. Severe poverty, particularly in rural… Continue reading

Choose to challenge: Exploring how COVID-19 has impacted on women

Monday 8th March marks this year’s International Women’s Day for which the theme is Choose to Challenge. The day aims to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about women’s equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity, and fundraise for female-focused charities. It seems to me that it’s fitting to talk about women’s equality and the… Continue reading

Is successful romantic love built on friendship (and loving ourselves)?

If, like me, you’ve fallen under the spell of Bridgerton’s Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, during the latest lockdown, then I imagine one particular scene had you swooning like a Regency debutante. In this scene, Simon stands before Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, and explains why he wishes… Continue reading

Children’s Mental Health Week: Supporting the mental health of children and young people with complex health problems and learning disabilities

Black child with father laughing

Monday 1st February to Sunday 7th February 2021 marks this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week, the theme of which is ‘Express yourself’. For most of us, the COVID pandemic and resulting lockdowns have brought the topic of mental health to the fore. Many people are struggling, and this includes our children. In… Continue reading

What is Apert Syndrome?

In recognition of Apert Awareness Month, I’ll be writing a series of articles about living with Apert Syndrome. To tell you a bit about me, my name is Kaddy Thomas. I run Elijah’s Hope CIC, an organisation for children, young people, adults and their families facing the challenges of living… Continue reading

Children’s Hospice Week: Moments that matter at Charlton Farm

Children’s Hospice Week runs from 17th to 23rd June in 2019 (see #ChildrensHospiceWeek on social media). It represents a full seven days dedicated to raising awareness and funds for children’s hospices and organisations offering palliative care services to children and young people in the UK. Currently, 49,000 under 18s live with life limiting or life threatening conditions,… Continue reading

Why I’m doing a 21-day health and fitness challenge

vegetable skewer

Last month, I turned 51. Elijah was ill in hospital and I was eating my way through a serious amount of comfort food in response to all the stress and uncertainty. The morning after my birthday, I woke up with a renewed sense that it’s time to focus on my… Continue reading

Being mum and my son’s care package manager: A delicate juggling act

Elijah and Kaddy

June 2017 saw Elijah spend another stint in Bristol Children’s Hospital. This time, he had three consecutive episodes of unconsciousness during the morning of Saturday 3rd June.  After the third episode, I called 111 and we were quickly taken to hospital by ambulance. For the previous three weeks, Elijah had… Continue reading