Author Archives: Kathryn K

January 29

N.R.G.

As I stood at the copier in Save the Children International’s London Office during my last week, I noticed this little packet on the store cupboard shelf labelled ‘NRG-5’. It was a reminder that staff at Save the Children are always ready and poised to help children in need at the time of a global humanitarian crisis. […]

January 09

Talk to the wall

This is the third and last in my mini-series of blogs about children in conflict, looking at the immediate and longer term impact of conflict on children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. If you haven’t already, do read my earlier blogs about the situation facing children in Yemen and in Myanmar. **** Mornings in my […]

November 28

Decisions, Decisions

Like a kid in a sweet shop, it sometimes doesn’t do to have too many choices put in front of you.   Work and life frequently offer an abundance of great ideas or it might be that there are just too many things to try and get done all at once – so you will have […]

November 12

Lest we forget

….. For your tomorrow, we gave our today ….. Six reflections on what Remembrance means to me, in this 100th Year since the Declaration of Armistice in November 1918. For their yesterday … Lest we forget – Yesterday I felt immensely proud to wear my Scout Leader uniform and be a part of the Remembrance Parade in […]

October 30

Foggy Adventures

“As for Phileas Fogg, it seemed just as if the typhoon were a part of his programme”      Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days When GSK launched the PULSE programme 10 years ago I knew it was for me. The opportunity to make a difference, in the heart of a community serving some of the […]

October 12

The Life of Qi

This is the second in a mini-series about children affected by conflict. Do read my earlier blog about how the crisis in Yemen is impacting children there. I Y A I Q T K I’ve always loved scrabble. I have the board game, a travel version and I have it on my iPad too. 21st […]

October 09

The Drawing Board

“Mummy, why can’t I draw like you?” Practise is what I always say; get yourself the best quality tools you can afford, and practise, practise and then practise some more. Talent and great subject matter will be absolutely nothing without practise to master your craft. Many pieces of pristine paper have been screwed up in frustration […]

September 21

Half as much again

This week I hit my PULSE halfway mark – 18th September. I started at Save the Children on 18th June and I will finish on 18th December (although I don’t think I’ll bring all of me back from Save the Children).   The reality hit me right between the eyes as it coincided with a ‘ping’ […]

September 19

Read all about it!

Did you read the terrible news about those children recently? I’m talking about the 40 school children who were killed on their way back from a school picnic. I’m sure they’d had a fun day out, and were excited and eager to tell their family all about it – chattering happily over the homemade videos on their mobiles.  But […]

September 04

Outage Outrage!

No train driver, no wifi, no loo paper, no drinking cups… today didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts.   After an impromptu and very relaxing long weekend away (the last of the summer campervan trips probably), I was up with the dawn and raring to go; ready to catch up with what I’d missed and get back […]

August 17

I’m Bored

It is now midway through the school holidays.   Being so busy in my exciting PULSE role and commuting into Central London most days, my children have been left to their own devices a little more than usual (hmmm…. I realise the word devices might have a more literal meaning in 2018!). They are now at the […]

July 27

Shut up and listen

This is the third instalment of my reflections on the PULSE mission to Change Yourself; Change Communities; Change GSK   (click on the links to read my reflections on the first two if you haven’t already) I’m now six weeks into my assignment, have settled in well and now feel like I’m contributing valuable inputs to my […]

July 19

An unlikely business trip

Beautiful scenery, my campervan, a fringe theatre trip …. That’ll be in my free time, right? No! This was all in the name of work … a super cool, and rather unlikely, 24h road trip in support of my Save the Children Centenary assignment. Dial back to my first week at SCI, Jack (my NGO supervisor) […]

July 12

Tomorrow (the sun will come out)

    My second week on PULSE ended with a very ‘proud Mum moment’; seeing my children happy and confident performing in their school production of ‘Annie’.   Six months of singing and dancing practise in the living room have now sadly come to an end. It is my daughter’s last term before Upper School, and […]

June 29

Imagining fear

Continuing my reflections on the PULSE mission to ‘Change Communities; Change Yourself; Change GSK’.  This week I have been hearing about the horrors facing children in conflict, and the work of Save the Children to end the war on children. ~  *  ~  *  ~  *  ~ “I don’t know when my dream ended. It could have been the […]