Jo Yirrell

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How Can You Justify the UK's Spending on Aid?

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 1:11 PM

I was always proud of my eldest son Harry, never more so than when he swapped working at a building site in Leighton Buzzard to volunteer in a small village in Ghana. He went to Africa aged 20 where he helped build a school and taught children sport. He also...

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World Malaria Day - A Moment to Reflect

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Thursday is World Malaria Day - a moment to reflect on the enormous global efforts taking place to rid the world of this terrible disease. It's also a poignant reminder of all those who have lost their lives to malaria, including my son Harry who died in 2005.


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Mary and Martha: A Mother Tells Her Malaria Tale

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Ray Chambers: As Special Envoy, I have interacted with people touched by every facet of malaria, but nothing is as sorrowful as meeting a parent who has lost a child from malaria. At the same time, it is their stories that remind us that this is not acceptable and we...

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From Leighton Buzzard to Brussels With My Story in 'Mary and Martha'

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 9:20 AM

Last night I was rubbing shoulders in Brussels with a fascinating group of people - from politicians and business leaders to staff from ONE, a campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty, and representatives from The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. We were with Richard Curtis for a...

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Speaking at the House of Lords

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 7:54 AM

On 12 March I found myself, once again, transported from housewife and Inclusion Officer to Special Ambassador for Malaria No More UK. The Upper School where I work are very accommodating when I need a day off to be an Ambassador. They understand just what it means to...

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Mary and Martha and Me

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 6:00 PM

So, on Tuesday night I went to a private screening of the new Richard Curtis film Mary and Martha at The Electric Cinema in Portobello Road, London. I was one of 85 guests to an evening hosted by the wonderful Emma Freud, partner of Richard. The guests were all wonderful...

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