Pippa Stacey: As a chronically ill writer and blogger, there’s nothing I love more than creating content around the issues that matter to me – disability, invisible illness, inclusivity, accessible education/employment, and so much more. With my particular interest and a postgraduate diploma in Health Psychology, it was an honour to recently be named HBA’s Best Chronic Illness Blog 2019!

My freelance writing work has been published in various outlets, and I also blog in a personal capacity at Life Of Pippa. My debut non-fiction book, ‘University and Chronic Illness: A Survival Guide’, was published in January 2020, and I’m always looking to take on new projects in this area. You can find a portfolio of sorts on this page: https://www.lifeofpippa.co.uk/awards-press/

I also adore books and theatre, and in 2018 I was named a #BeInspired Champion at the prestigious Olivier Awards. In my free time, you can find me in my natural habitat: wearing pyjamas and drinking tea. Fancy a chat? I’ll pop the kettle on…

Founded by David Shutts OBE following his cancer diagnosis, Astriid believes that the value of work is far more than the wages paid. Employment provides routine, a sense of normality, challenges and rewards, and when approached correctly, can also facilitate a greater sense of wellbeing. Astriid, a UK charity founded in 2018, helps bridge the gap between the Invisible Talent Pool (people with chronic illnesses who wish to pursue volunteering or employment), and the UK skills crisis. Astriid looks to find meaningful employment for people with long-term health issues and their carers.

Pippa Stacey is a Communications Consultant for Astriid.