Cathy has lived with cardiomyopathy since her 20s and has been a supporter of Cardiomyopathy UK for many years. She currently co-runs the NE Support Group and, with members consent, has shared their experiences with health care professionals at information events and conferences. An annual highlight is making tea for the charity’s intrepid runners and the end of the Great North Run! Cathy previously worked as a university researcher on numerous health-related projects and is currently employed part-time in student support. She enjoys country walks, reading and pandering to her two cats.