Founder of Hope2Sleep
Kath has treated her own severe sleep apnoea since 2006, although she can trace her symptoms (and snoring) right back to childhood. Her own mother died of an unexpected heart attack at the age of 49 – due, no doubt, to her untreated sleep apnoea. This motivated Kath to set up the Hope2Sleep charity to raise awareness of sleep apnoea and support patients using both CPAP and non-invasive ventilation for all forms of sleep disordered breathing.
As well as directly supporting patients with their own CPAP therapy, Kath has also worked with sleep clinics looking to help their own patients’ comfort issues with their vital therapy. She is the ‘Expert Patient’ at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Sleep Disorders Clinic, and was also on the Advisory Panel during the British Lung Foundation’s 3-year Sleep Apnoea Awareness Campaign. This included a groundbreaking event that involved Kath being a speaker at a Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons to bring much-needed awareness to MPs.