I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in both commercial and community design. After working on a literacy design brief I was fascinated by the concept of life-long learning and decided to retrain in Adult Education. My role as an adult literacy tutor and counsellor has given me the opportunity to design, educate and fundraise. I used to do design with a difference…. now I do design that makes a difference.









The Victoria Thompson Scholarship was established to assist nurses in obtaining specialist qualifications in the care of children with terminal and life limiting conditions. The scholarship was set up in memory of baby Victoria Thompson who lived for exactly nine months and required the help of specialist paediatric palliative care nurses as a result of a rare disease. It is run by Victoria’s parents Sharon and Brian Thompson from Donegal.


HuManS & Organic MS are the brainchildren of MS & Me Blogger Joan Jordan. Joan has produced a new book for people newly diagnosed with MS, called ‘huManS’ – Words for the newly diagnosed from people living with MS’.





The booklet  ‘huManS’ was sponsored by funding from the National Lottery and contains quotes and tips from people who have been living with MS for years. Joan says it is the book she wished she had been given when she was diagnosed in 2010. It is based on the concept of Hygge…the danish feeling of well-being.