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Becoming the parent of a child with disabilities can be daunting and overwhelming, rewarding and incredible.

In 2005, my eldest son was born with a bump. He didn’t breathe on delivery and was diagnosed ten weeks later with having severe brain damage. From then, my husband and I hurtled down an unmarked road of loving a child with complex disabilities and life-limiting epilepsy. Today I use my memories, experiences and skills to support families like mine and inform the practitioners who care for us.


What happens when life doesn’t turn out as you planned. The Skies I’m Under is a memoir about becoming the parent of a child with complex needs while Shattered uses 40 reflections to help walk that unexpected path.



As a nurse and parent, I am well placed to develop and deliver training for practitioners who care for families of children with complex disabilities.

Speaking Events

Speaking Events

I’ve always been a talker and strongly believe in the power of story-telling. Being real and honest about the joys and challenges for parenting a child with complex disabilities can have a profound impact.



My faith shapes my world view, how I live and how I love. I now believe in the blessing of brokenness.



I discovered a love for writing when I realised it was just like talking but without the interruptions.


Find out when my latest speaking and training events are coming up.

Upcoming Events

Essex Family Forum AGM 2019

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Premier Radio Interview

April 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am


April 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Shoebury and Thorpe Bay Baptist Church

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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“Rachel produces fantastic resources, all fully referenced and evidence based yet accessible and powerful”

Sarah Clayton, CEO, Simple Stuff Works

“Best session I have ever encountered at Uni”

Post Graduate Nursing Student, London South Bank University

So relevant and helpful. Probably the most insightful training I have been on.

Hospice Worker