Over many years Kathryn and her family experienced firsthand the benefits of music and creativity as a vital supplement to healthcare. Alongside her parents, who were both Cancer patients, Kathryn has had the privilege of sharing music; singing and speaking to support many healthcare organisations and their staff, patients, relatives, families and friends.
Kathryn’s father, George Rudge, died in November 2014 following eight years of treatments for Multiple Myeloma blood cancer. In February 2019 Kathryn’s mother, Sue Rudge, died following treatment for Lung cancer.
Kathryn is a Patron of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and also sings and speaks for various charities which have included; R-Charity Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust, Lyndale Cancer Support Centre, Woodlands Hospice, and Music in Hospitals and Care UK. Kathryn continues to collaborate with individual artists, music students and healthcare organisations to create special programmes of music for their events; whilst also speaking publicly about her experiences of the use music within cancer care and championing creative avenues to help anyone affected by illness. More information about these events can be found here: Kathryn’s blog
Kathryn was thrilled to recently perform and speak at an event for Music in Hospitals and Care UK Charity at RNCM in Manchester with: Christopher Glynn, Rachel Podger, and MiHC Chief Executive Barbara Osborne (Nov 2019). Since 1948, MiHC has been breaking down the barriers which prevent people, regardless of their health or wellbeing, from accessing the benefits of live music. The sessions they create are designed to humanise clinical settings, reach and connect people, encourage communication and meaningful interactions and evoke emotions and memories when it matters most.
Cancer incidence and cancer-related mortality are major problems in England’s North West. The Region’s averages for the number of people developing and succumbing to cancer are significantly higher than those of the remaining parts of the UK. Liverpool has been identified by Public Health England as one of the three most cancer stricken cities in England, while cancer mortality in Merseyside and Cheshire is 76% higher than the European average. Life expectancy in some areas of the UK’s North West is approximately 10-15 years less than the UK average. More people are surviving cancer than ever before. In fact, cancer survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years as a result of improvements in cancer treatments and diagnosis. Whilst such facts are encouraging, there’s still a lot of work to do to help reduce the number of people developing and losing their lives to the numerous cancer types.