Dying Matters champion records new song
Mandy has been a passionate supporter and champion for us for almost ten years and was recently awarded an MBE in recognition of her selfless campaigning.
The mother of two has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – a condition which affects her ability to breathe to such an extent that she now needs to use oxygen tanks 24 hours a day to survive.
As part of her awareness and fund-raising work, Mandy set up the Challenge 50 appeal to raise funds and has written and recorded two songs with her son Daniel. Mandy and Daniel's latest song, the beautiful 'Live for Today' is out now.
Listen to 'Live for Today'
The first song Mandy, a classically trained singer, and Daniel recorded, 'Make That Climb', attracted the attention of TV personality and musician Myleene Klass, who was so inspired by Mandy that she recorded a personalised video message.
Mandy recently said that receiving the MBE motivated her to continue her work with the NCPC and Dying Matters. She is a member of NCPC’s People in Partnership steering group and Chronic Respiratory Diseases Group, and played a key role in the development of the Difficult Conversations booklet on COPD for doctors and patients facing end-of-life care. Mandy also regularly speaks at medical conferences nationwide as part of her role as a Dying Matters champion.