So the Child May Live is run entirely by a group of dedicated trustees and volunteers. We have no paid staff and always aim to keep our overheads to a minimum, meaning our funds are spent where they are most needed: supporting children’s health in Nepal. Below are just some of the people who make this possible.


(We are proud of our Patrons. They are highly respected, successful and influential  in their chosen fields.)

Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley OBE is an English actress, former model, author and activist. She is the recipient of three BAFTAS Awards, a Tony Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play, the Special Recognition Award at the 2017 National Television Awards and the BAFTA Fellowship Award for her work on screen and stage. In her many stage appearances she has worked with Harold Pinter, Alan Ayckbourn, Trevor Nunn and Jonathan Miller. She played the legendary character Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous until 2012 and stepped back into the role in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in 2016. Her other TV credits include The New Avengers, Sapphire and Steel, Coronation Street and thirteen travel documentaries; on film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Shirley Valentine, James and the Giant Peach, Ella Enchanted, Corpse Bride and The Wolf of Wall Street among many others. Lumley is also an advocate and human rights activist for more than seventy charities, and is known as ‘daughter of Nepal’ for her continuing work with the Gurkhas.

Dame Louise Ellman


Louise has been the Labour/Cooperative MP for Liverpool Riverside since 1997. She was Leader of Lancashire County Council, 1981-1997. Louise has a BA (Hons) from Hull University and MPhil (Soc Admin) from York University. She has worked in Further Education and the Open University. She is Chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.

Sir David Henshaw

David_HenshawSir David Henshaw was the Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council from 1999 to 2006. He was also Chief Executive of Liverpool Culture Company, Deputy Chair of the board of the Mersey Partnership and Chair of Liverpool Partnership Group. A Non-Executive Director of SOLACE Enterprises, a Past President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, a former Adviser to the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, a non Executive Director of the Home Secretary’s National Offender Management Board (Prisons, Probation and Youth Justice in England and Wales). He is an adviser to the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit, a member of the Treasury’s Public Services Productivity Panel, member of the Department of Health’s External Panel, and a Board member of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Born and educated in Liverpool, he obtained a degree in Public Administration and then a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham (INLOGOV).

He is also an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University, an Honorary Doctor at Sheffield Hallam University, Fellow of Liverpool University, a former Visiting Fellow of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee of the Faenol Trust and a member of the Board of the European Institute for Urban Affairs at Liverpool John Moores University. Since leaving Liverpool he was appointed by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to undertake a Re-Design of the Child Support system in the UK. He was Chairman of the North West NHS 2006-11 and is now Chairman of Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust Hospital. A former Trustee of NESTA, he was Interim Chair of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay 2012–13. He is also a Non-Executive Director on a number of other private and public bodies.

Roger Phillips

RogerStephWe are delighted that Roger Phillips, well-known and popular Liverpool broadcaster, has agreed to be a Patron of So the Child May Live.

He says: ‘I’m honoured and delighted to be asked to be a patron of this marvellous charity, which has done so much over the past 20 years to improve the life chances of children in Nepal. I’m looking forward to helping to raise awareness of the issues, and therefore more funds, to make healthcare even better for future generations.’

Roger Phillips was born in Manchester, went to Cambridge University and arrived in Liverpool as an actor in the early 70s to join the Everyman Theatre – and fell in love with the city. He subsequently worked as a hackney cab driver, before falling by chance into local radio (BBC Radio Merseyside) in 1978, where he presents a daily phone-in programme and a weekly interview programme.

He’s an official Ambassador for the Guides Association, a patron of many organisations, including the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Halton Community Radio, President of the South Liverpool Business Network, and a board member of Bradbury Fields, (formerly the Liverpool Voluntary Society for the Blind), The Reader Organisation, and the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres.
His broadcasting abilities have been recognized on many occasions as the winner of countless awards, including, in 2000, being named “Sony Speech and Talk Broadcaster of the Year”, beating Radio 4′s John Humphries, Peter White and the Woman’s Hour team and Radio 5 Live’s Andrew Neil.

    • In 2001, he was honoured by both the University of Liverpool with an honorary Doctorate of Laws, and Liverpool John Moores University with an honorary Fellowship.
    • In 2009, he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Merseyside.
    • In 2011, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Radio Academy.


Carmel Dersch

Carmel worked in the National Health Service for many years, originally in London and then in Liverpool when she moved there in the 1970s. Although now retired, she continues to work on health issues. She was a founding member and Chair of the Toxteth Health and Community Care Forum, and also chaired the Chinese Community Health Committee for several years. She now works actively with Liverpool health services on cancer awareness and leads some of the Walks for Health.

She first made contact with the Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu while on a trekking holiday in the Himalayas in 1994. Since then she has worked to help build strong links between the Kanti and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool where she was a manager at the time. She was also involved in supporting the setting up of the health clinic in Jaganarthpur in the south of the country.

She is a keen rambler and is Membership Secretary of Liverpool HF Ramblers, and enjoys reading, films, theatre, and eating out with friends.

Jennifer Pizer

Jenni trained as a Paediatric Nurse at Bristol Children’s Hospital and subsequently specialised in Cardio-Thoracic and PICU nursing at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. Since moving to the Wirral in 1995 she has also worked at Alder Hey’s PICU and as a School Nurse coordinating the PSHCE programme in a secondary school in Wirral. She first visited Nepal in 1985 when she originally fell in love with the country and it’s people. She has since returned many times to Nepal both as a supporter of the charity and of the country. She has made many good friends through her association with Nepal and has watched small steps make huge differences to the lives of the children there over many years.

Gerald Poole

Gerry_PooleGerald worked for 40 years with the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, and for 30 of those years at the Seaforth Grain Terminal as the Administration Manager. He was also a trade union official for the staff section. His interests are sports, particularly football and cricket, and politics. He has been involved with the charity So the Child May Live since its inception.

Dr Deepak Raj Upadhyay

Deepak is a Nepalese doctor now living and working in Britain, specialising in the treatment of children. Before he left Nepal he worked for a while at the Kanti Children’s Hospital, so is fully aware of the situation there. He was also born in the village of Jaganarthpur, so knows the needs of the people in that village and the surrounding villages. Since its foundation, he was a special advisor to So the Child May Live, and the we were delighted when he agreed to become a Trustee.

Sian Falder

Sian qualified in Medicine from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School (now part of Imperial) in 1992 and has been a Consultant in Burns and Plastic Surgery at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital since 2008. She is the Lead Clinician for the Alder Hey Burns Unit as well as providing a general paediatric plastic surgery service.

Sian is committed to working to reduce global health inequalities, especially in the neglected area of burns and soft tissue trauma, which cause lifelong suffering and disability. She first visited Nepal as part of a medical mountaineering expedition in 1994 and is now proud to be a Trustee of So the Child May Live. Sian has established a strong Burn Unit partnership with the Unit in Kanti and, together with other members of Alder Hey’s burns team, visits Kanti once or twice a year.

Angela Jones

Angela_JonesAngela Jones was chair of Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust for 10 years. In June 2006 Angela was made Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside for her contribution to health and the community, this was followed by an OBE in 2007 for services to health in Liverpool. Two years later she was awarded ‘Outstanding Chair of the Year’ by the North West’s Leadership Academy. Angela’s latest accolade came in December 2010 when she was awarded honorary Doctorate of Science Edge Hill University.

A strong advocate for equality and diversity, Angela held a number of positions prior to Alder Hey, including Non-Executive Director of Liverpool Family Health Services Authority, Chair of Liverpool Brook Advisory, Deputy Chair of Liverpool Health Authority and Chair of Liverpool Cardiothoracic Centre (now Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust). She was also a volunteer Samaritan for 13 years and chaired the committee for two years.

Ester Mufti

EstherEster was born in Malta. She started work as a Primary School Teacher and has stayed involved with childcare and education most of her life. In 1990 she set up the Translation and Interpreting Service for Merseyside. She also opened and ran a children’s residential home for five years. She is a mother and grandmother and now works part-time as an adult tutor (mainly as an ESOL Tutor), working mostly with Refugees, Asylum Seekers and children under 5.

Geraldine Poole

Geraldine_PooleGeraldine worked for over 20 years in Liverpool 8, firstly as a teacher to adult students at the Charles Wootton College, and then she managed the Toxteth Health and Community Care Forum. Her main role was to teach adults and help them get employment. She has been involved for over 30 years with people with mental health problems through Liverpool Mind, and later with Imagine. She has been involved with So the Child May Live since its inception.

Professor Barry Pizer

Barry_PizerBarry graduated from the University of Bristol in 1981 and trained in paediatrics and paediatric oncology at a number of centres, including Bristol Children’s Hospital, University Hospital Nottingham and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Barry is a prominent member of the national Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) and has sat on the Executive group of the CCLG. He has a particular interest in tumours of the central nervous system in children and young people, and has chaired the CCLG CNS Tumour Division. He was Chair of the CCLG Supportive Care Working Group and founded both the CCLG Mouth Care Group and Good Ideas Group. He was Chair of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology Brain Tumour Group and has led on a number of national and international clinical trials. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Liverpool.

Barry is committed to helping to provide support for paediatric oncology in developing countries (PODC) and was the founder of the CCLG PODC Group. He has helped develop paediatric oncology units in Nepal, Cameroon and Bosnia

Pete Arrowsmith

pete-arrowsmithPete Arrowsmith is the Clinical Specialist Nurse Paediatric Resuscitation/Emergency Planner at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, a post he has held for the last 11 years.  He is based in the Emergency Department and Acute Medicine and has worked at Alder Hey since 1988.  Pete has been involved with the Kanti Children’s Hospital since 2005 as project lead for Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) and basic resuscitation, and recently carried out some training for students at the Medical School in Burgunj in the south of the country.

Pete is married to Maureen, who is also a nurse at Alder Hey. They have two teenage sons, Shawn and James.

Terry McKenna

Terry originally studied engineering and later gained formal finance qualifications. For most of his career he worked as an advisor to companies across a large number of different national and corporate cultures. He completed projects across most European countries and the United States. He also lived and worked extensively in East Africa, and in Colombia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Uzbekistan.

Terry is a keen hill walker, regularly leading walks for others and is involved in the running of several walking groups. He is a volunteer guide in Liverpool with the Royal Institute of British Architects. He now spends much time scratching his head as webmaster to various groups. He enjoys music, film and theatre and was proud to be invited to become a trustee of So the Child May Live.