Press coverage

Press coverage

August 16th 2018 

DAILY MAIL FEATURE

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6064007/Friends-cross-road-avoid-youve-lost-child.html

JUNE 22nd 2018

BBC Radio4 World at One, my interview with Mark Mardell as part of a 12 part series,

Brexit: a love story? The full interview is now available on BBC podcast in which I discuss the impact of BSE

on Andrew and my family, and the UK. What will the de-regulation of food standards/safety measures mean once the UK has left the EU?

Listen to my interview click on link below.

APRIL 27th 2018

BBC RADIO INTERVIEW

 

 

April 27th 2018

Christine featured on BBC Radio Solent  27th April 2018 at 7:10am talking about her article

Bereaved Parents silenced!

Read full article below.

Lost For Words? The Silencing of Bereaved Parents

 

 

Lost For Words? The Silencing of Bereaved Parents

 

Portsmouth journalist and campaigner for justice for victims of vCJD (the human variant of ‘Mad Cows Disease’) Christine Lord recounts her experiences of losing a child and asks why society still struggles to acknowledge and address grieving parents.

 

Stage and TV actor Kim Cattrall – known for her role in ‘Sex in the City’ – told Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour  in 2015 that she objected to terms like ‘childless’ to refer to women who have not had children.

 

“It’s the ‘less’ that is offensive: childless – it sounds like you’re less because you haven’t had a child,” she said.

 

Her objection got me thinking about my own situation and how language and wider society treat people like me. Like Kim, I don’t feel represented in the lexicon of parenthood because there are no words, titles or labels in the English language to describe my circumstances.

 

I am the mother of a dead child.

 

There. I have written those dreaded words. The worst nightmare of every loving parent/guardian, or caregiver. Stark prose from which most adults recoil, whether they are ‘child free’ or a parent.

 

My son Andrew was killed aged 24 years old in 2007. His sister Emma was just 17 when she lost her only sibling.

 

Yet Emma remains Andrew’s sister and I remain a mother of two.

 

We belong to a growing club whose membership runs into the tens of thousands in the UK. According to the Office of National Statistics, between 2010-16, between 8,600 and 9,800 young people under the age of 30 died annually in the UK (an average of 9,000 per year). This means tens of thousands of newly bereaved mothers and fathers every year. Hundreds of thousands across Europe and millions across the globe.

 

As a bereaved mother, qualified counsellor and journalist, I wanted to write about how it feels to be a parent of a dead child: how people’s sympathy often comes with an expiry date, and how we have a problem in our society if we cannot acknowledge and understand grief.

 

Bereaved parents are expected to neatly package our grief: to give it a clear beginning, middle and a final, accepting end, tears no longer shed, pain ceased and the dead child deleted as quickly as an unwanted email. At the same time, the catastrophic event of losing a child creates divisions within relationships – from close friends to work colleagues. In the media, parents of dead children are often written about as tragic humans, broken by tragedy.

 

How we treat grieving parents is important because it shows us how as a society we deal with – or hide from – our deepest fears, and the isolation this causes to those of us who have lived through those fears becoming real.

 

I buried my only son just a few days before Christmas on 21st December 2007. In the last week of his life Andrew asked me, ‘Will you remember me?’ I sobbed and assured him that I would always be so proud of him and would talk about him and his achievements until the day I died. Why wouldn’t I?

 

But in the months and years that followed, I learned that our society would often find my attempts to keep that promise difficult, embarassing, and off-putting. I still, proudly, declare that I am a mother of two children. In my experience, what to me is a simple fact has for others the power to perplex and shock.

 

I have discovered that many people view the death of a child as ‘taboo’; a subject that shouldn’t be talked about too often once the funeral has taken place. Part of this seems to be based on a perception that there is – or should be – a time limit on grief.

 

I’ve met many people who believe that after one year, or two has passed, a bereaved parent should be able to ‘move forward’, to ‘forget’,or to find some form of ‘closure’. All these terms have come to make me shudder, and to understand that our society does not like to address what life is like when you lose a child.

 

Contrary to this common expectation, the grief of bereaved parents is more likely to expand with the passing years, with each birthday, each Christmas and holiday. The life that should have been lived is ever present for us. Blinded by disbelief, we try and make sense of this unknown landscape, where we continue to live when our children are dead.

 

I still want to keep Andrew and his memory alive in my ongoing relationships. I want to talk about his job, his smile, his funny jokes. I don’t chatter on needlessly about Andrew, but when others talk about their children or parenting, I want to share stories about both of mine, too. This is not maudlin but a celebration. Andrew existed and he contributed to so many people’s lives and experiences. He will always be a part of my family, and a part of me.

 

In the early days after Andrew had died, I witnessed an array of responses. Sympathy, practical help and listening ears were welcome. But as time passed, people became dismissive, less able to engage.

 

‘He’s in a better place,’ I was told by a mum with three healthy kids and six grandchildren.

 

A neighbour suggested I ‘get a dog.’

 

Countless times I was told, ‘time heals.’

 

I’m not saying people mean to cause distress, I understand how difficult it is to know what to say in the face of tragedy and profound grief. But at the same time, to hear these remarks feels at worst, cruel, at best, thoughtless.

 

I spoke to John and Nicholas, two fathers who have also lost a child, and found similar experiences to my own.

 

John is 54, from Wimbledon, and a father of five. His youngest daughter, Felicity, died aged 21 after a car accident during a gap year holiday. He told me how he has to adjust his conversation in everyday life, so that he doesn’t upset other people.

 

‘After Felicity’s accident, I was totally numb for many years. I worked non-stop to try and ease the depression and shock.  Meeting clients was and still is difficult.’

 

‘I am confident, articulate, I like socialising. But I found after Felicity’s death, if I mentioned my daughter even in passing, the atmosphere changed and became stilted and odd. Customers and even friends at social events would get embarrassed and didn’t know how to react. I then feel guilty that somehow I had upset them, ruined their day or evening.’

 

John put his head in his hands as he told me, ‘I don’t talk about Felicity at work anymore. I tell new clients I only have four kids, it made it easier. I even took down a family photo of us all from my office wall.  It became just too awkward. It’s as if Felicity never existed, as if she has been wiped out.’

 

Nicholas, 48, is an IT consultant on the south coast. He raised Will as his own from the time Will was a toddler. Will died from cancer, aged 28. He excelled at sports and had just got engaged when he was diagnosed.

 

Nicholas told me. ‘Will was the centre of my world and I miss him so much. I would probably be a grandfather now if he was still alive.’

 

‘One night after a work conference in Scotland. I got chatting to a stranger in a bar. We both started to talk about our sons. It was great to share, laugh and compare notes with this other father. Of course we talked of other things and topics, it was a lovely relaxed evening. At the end of the evening the stranger said, ‘I’d really like to meet your boy, he sounds a great young man.’

 

With tears in his eyes, Nicholas told me, ‘I drank my pint quickly and left as I couldn’t bear to tell the stranger that Will had died three years ago. Bereaved parents are not supposed to laugh and chat away about their late children.’

 

I know exactly what John and Nicholas were talking about, it’s other people’s attitudes to our loss that can be shockingly painful.

 

It has been over ten years since Andrew was killed and no, the pain is not as raw as it was, but my heart is broken. It will remain shattered. There will never be a quick fix. Because my son is never coming home.

 

Losing a child is horrendous and terrifying, but it’s also something that as a society, we should try to learn from.

 

If a person has lost a husband or wife, the terms widow or widower lend a sense of dignity and significance. Would giving bereaved parents a definitive title offer the same respect and empathy?

 

In the decade since my Andrew died I still ache with longing, still get angry, still shed a tear. Yet people ask, astonished, ‘aren’t you over it yet?’ or tell me, ‘you need to move on’ as if I have failed in some way, or have just mis-laid a favourite handbag on a train.

 

Talking about my son has been essential for my mental health. All of us will suffer loss, death is an inevitable part of life. So the next time a bereaved mother, father, guardian, care giver talks about their lost child, please don’t walk away from difficult emotions and leave them alone with their grief.

 

Instead, be brave. Listen, comment, share, laugh and reminisce with them. It will be good for your mental health too.

 

Christine Lord’s book Who Killed My Son? is available from Amazon, with profits from the paperback/kindle versions going to her campaignwww.justice4andy.com, supporting families affected by BSE.

 

Her latest documentary about the food industry, Cows, Cash and Cover-ups? will be broadcast this year, and you can view the trailer below.

https://vimeo.com/203115042

 

February 2018 

Star and Crescent online newspaper: Christine Lord, Portsmouth journalist asks ‘Do we know whats in our food?’

New Documentary Featuring Portsmouth Journalist Asks: Do We Know What’s in our Food?

 

NOVEMBER 16th 2017

TalkEurope radio, Christine’s live interview on ‘Lets Talk’, with Presenter Sean Bolger.

Christine discussed the UK and global public health risk of UK government refusing to validate blood screening for vcjd Human BSE for blood donors. Blood donors UK and globally are not individually screened for human mad cow disease up to 60,000 people in the UK could be carrying or incubating lethal human mad cow disease/ prion disease/ human BSE.

The interview was broadcast across Spain and parts of Europe.

April 28th 2017

BBC Radio Solent/ Croydon Radio.

Christine interview with BBC Radio and Croydon Radio,

ITV top soap Emmerdale fail to broadcast apology regarding characters talking about ‘mad cow disease’ in a non factual and disrespectful manner.

 

February 27th 2017

Christine extended interview with presenter Pippa Jone, on TALK Radio Europe, which broadcast across Spain.

Talking about my current investigations into the connections of dementia with human BSE and also my new documentary ‘Cash’ Cows and Cover-ups’ see the trailer below. The completed one hour documentary to be streamed and broadcast later this year.

https://youtu.be/vRRRC1etgFE

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/203115042

 

February 25th 2017

Croydon Radio London, featured a tribute to Andrew and my campaign and forthcoming documentary’

‘Cash, cows and cover-ups’.  See link below podcast of the interview with Cheryl Fergus-Ferrell

http://www.croydonradio.com/podcast/show.php?HistoryID=70021a3f-9bf5-ed3e-8ed9-3e03dbb96665

 

February 6th 2017 

Christine interview BBC1 Inside Out 7.30pm. The  current and on-going risk of BSE and other zoonotic diseases to public. Investigation into government funding cuts to autopsy facilities for farm animals with suspected deadly diseases.

January 2017

IKON Gallery Birmingham. Turner nominated artist Roger Hirons art show included items from www.justice4andy.com campaign. Roger’s art includes many aspects of BSE its devastating toll on humans, animals and the environment. This follows his successful sell out show ‘History is Now’ at the Southbank, London. Which included sections of this website, Andrews photos and items from the campaign as part of Roger Hiorns installations With contributing art work from Daimen Hirst and Andy Warhol.

Christine and Roger at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank, London.

June  21st 2016

Home page British Red Cross website, listen Andrew’s  story how the Red Cross was there for Andrew during his terminal ilness. The UK Department of Health and NHS turned away but the Red Cross supplied much needed equipment for Andrew when he was dying of the human form of mad cow disease.

http://webapps.redcross.org.uk/every-crisis-is-pe

‘EVERY CRISIS IS PERSONAL’ BRITISH RED CROSS


January 11th 2016

Two page feature written by Christine for Woman’s Own magazine, Page 33.

Womans Own feature Christine page1

Womans Own feature Christine page2

September 9th 2015

Christine is about to complete her fourth documentary, ‘Cash, cows and cover-ups’.

Wednesday March 25th 2015

PORTSMOUTH NEWS (two page feature)

‘I won’t give up in my quest for the truth…!

‘Andrew Blacks determined mum set about raising awareness of vCJD- the human form of mad cow disease and her eight year battle for justice.

LINK:  http://bit.ly/1EFvqwI

 

STAR AND CRESCENT ONLINE ‘got away with murder…..!

http://www.starandcrescent.org.uk/mad-cows-disease-still-a-threat-to-all-of-us/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/06/britain-s-horrific-vip-pedophile-cover-up.html

 

HUFFINGTON POST
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/victoria-sadler/history-is-now-hayward_b_6652954.html

“This section on BSE moved me so much that on getting home, I promptly threw out the beef mince I had in the freezer. The exhibits made me feel sick, queasy and, given the recent horsemeat scandal, it was a direct challenge to us to question who we trust.”

 

Friday February 13th 2015

BBC RADIO SOLENT BREAKFAST

 

https://audioboom.com/boos/2891208-politicians-broke-contract-with-public-over-bse

 

 

Friday February 13th 2015
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/victoria-sadler/history-is-now-hayward_b_6652954.html

“This section on BSE moved me so much that on getting home, I promptly threw out the beef mince I had in the freezer. The exhibits made me feel sick, queasy and, given the recent horsemeat scandal, it was a direct challenge to us to question who we trust.”
Friday 17th October 2014

BBC Radio Solent

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVSm9Mr7TFk

 

Monday 13th October  2014 Portsmouth Hampshire Local News

http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Hampshire/Portsmouth/PO6/News/Local-News/278963-Who-Killed-My-Son-Author-to-Appear-at-Bookfest

 

 

 

 

Thursday 24th July 2014

BBC Radio Solent

http://youtu.be/iLiNpkB8yK0

 

 

Sunday January 5th 2014

SKY News TV

http://news.sky.com/story/1190378/cjd-call-for-widespread-test-to-detect-disease

 

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Friday 12th April 2013

THE NEWS PORTSMOUTH UK

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/health/local-health/graveside-vigil-to-be-held-by-angry-mother-1-4995746

 


Channel Four News January 13th 2012

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9014386/Blood-test-could-help-to-diagnose-deadly-mad-cow-disease.html

 


ITV News – May 2011

Please click on the following link to watch the recent ITV news report:

http://www.itv.com/meridian-west/screening-for-cjd83414/

 


Portsmouth Evening News – May 2011

Please click on the following links to view the recent press article:


http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/east-hampshire/portsmouth_mother_calls_on_prime_minster_to_launch_probe_in_vcjd_1_2675952

 


BBC News – May 2011

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-13372323

 


Documentary from Australia titled ‘Kuru’ about cjd and the Fore Tribe – December 19th 2010

www.kuru-doco.com

 


vCJD March in London – November 2010

Please click on the following links to view the recent TV & press articles:

www.demotix.com/news/506121/justice-cjd-victims-protesters-opposite-downing-street-london

www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome/Portsmouth-mum-joins-march-to.6623088.jp

 


Meat Trade News Daily – May 2010

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

http://www.meattradenewsdaily.co.uk/news/130510/uk___a_lot_of_bull_over_bse.aspx

 


Portsmouth News – May 2010

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

http://www.citizenside.com/en/photos/natural-disasters/2010-05-04/24419/vcjd-campaigners-protest-at-number-10-in-london.html

 


News – May 2010

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

www.demotix.com/news/321328/families-cjd-victims-take-protest-prime-minister

 


BBC News – March 2009

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/8577785.stm

 


The Portsmouth News – March 2010

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome/39Ministers-need-to-come-clean.6167784.jp

 


The Mother Magazine – November 2009

Please click on the following link to view the recent magazine article:

www.themothermagazine.co.uk back issues

 


The Portsmouth News – October 2009

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome/Campaigning-mother39s-blood-screen-demand.5764990.jp

 


The Portsmouth News – August 2009

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome/Anguish-of-mum39s-fight-to.5569347.jp

 


The Portsmouth News – August 2009

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/east-hampshire/portsmouth_mother_calls_on_prime_minster_to_launch_probe_in_vcjd_1_2675952

 


A Small Selection of News Articles – August 2009

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8208000/8208824.stm

BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8207034.stm

 


Independent Newspaper

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/coroners-should-order-tests-for-vcjd-1774188.html

 


Medical News Today

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161140.php

 


Portsmouth News

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome/Coroners-urged-to-help-track.5566657.jp

 


The Portsmouth News – March 2009

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/east-hampshire/portsmouth_mother_calls_on_prime_minster_to_launch_probe_in_vcjd_1_2675952

 


The Portsmouth News – August 2009

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome/Anguish-of-mum39s-fight-to.5569347.jp


BBC Northern Ireland – February 2009

Please click on the following link to view the recent BBC website article:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7907140.stm

 


The Portsmouth News – February 2009

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome/Sinn-Fein-MP-gives-support.5010392.jp

 


The Belfast Telegraph – January 2009

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/mum-wants-justice-after-cjd-cover-up-14136640.html

 


MBC Korea – 2008

Please click on the following Youtube link to view the MBC Korean documentary ‘my lost boy’ (5 parts)

http://www.youtube.com/user/JusticeForAndy2008

 


The Independent – December 2008

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news/fears-raised-for-new-wave-of-vcjd-cases-1202641.html

 


The Portsmouth News – December 2008

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/Mother39s-plea-for-more-Government.4806691.jp

 


BBC Newsnight – December 2008

Christine was interviewed by BBC Newsnight (broadcast on 17/12/08) – please click on the following link to watch again:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/7789903.stm

 


The Portsmouth News – November 2008

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/39Those-responsible-for-my-son39sdeath.4659107.jp

 


The Portsmouth News – September 2008

Please click on the following link to view the recent press article:

www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/Mum-pays-tribute-to-son.4453345.jp

 


BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour – July 2008

Christine was interviewed by Jenni Murray on Woman’s Hour (broadcast on 24/07/08) – please click on the following link to listen again:

www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/01/2008_30_thu.shtml

 


BBC South Today – July 2008

Christine was interviewed by Roger Finn for BBC South Today (broadcast on 15/07/08) – please click on the following link to watch again:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7508501.stm

 


EDM – July 2008

The EDM (Early Day Motion) presented by Mike Hancock CBE MP can be seen using the parliamentary data base link below.

http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=36365&SESSION=891

 


The Portsmouth News – July 2008

Please click on the ollowing link to view the recent press article:

www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/Mum39s-battle-for-mad-cow.4260209.jp

 


The Portsmouth News – May 2008

Please click on the following links to view the recent press articles:

www.portsmouth.co.uk/portsmouth/Mum-vows-justice-on-CJD.4043747.jp

www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/My-son-died-of-CJD.4041334.jp

 


The Daily Mail – May 2008

The Daily Mail – Please click on the following link to read the double page feature about Andrew and the campaign which was published on May 13th 2008:

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1019256/One-mother-CJD-nightmare-back.html

 


BBC 1 Breakfast – Thursday 15th May 2008

Christine was Interviewed by Bill Turnbill and Sian Williams, with clips from the Inside Out (South) documentary “Who killed my son?” Christine told Sian and Bill and millions of BBC Breakfast viewers:

“My sons death was totally avoidable. The men and women I am exposing knew BSE had severe implications for human health at the earliest states…they hold the smoking gun that killed my son.” she continued “I want these men and women publicly and legally accountable for his avoidable death.”

Further details on the interview can be found using the following link (scroll down to 15th May)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/breakfast/7385454.stm

 


BBC1 Insideout Documentary – Who Killed My Son? – May 2008

Please click on the link below to watch the documentary

www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/england/realmedia/insideout/south/insideout?size=16×9&bgc=C0C0C0&nbram=1&bbram=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1

Please click on the link below for information about the documentary

www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/content/articles/2008/05/01/south_west_vcjd_main_s13_w10_feature.shtml