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Three years ago, our daughter Romy was diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) which usually begins as a slow-growing tumour in the appendix after which the cancer gradually spreads across the peritoneal area.  She is still in recovery and I’m delighted to say is doing incredibly well and is devoted to her work as a Doula.

 Pseudomyxoma Survivor supports those, like Romy, whose lives have been touched by this rare cancer.  The charity has very recently  granted some funding for a new pilot study of patients with the ultimate goal of identifying new treatments. Like so many small charities, Pseudomyxoma Survivor has struggled to raise funds this year not only for the on-going support they provide but also to fund this new project.

The idea of an After Dinner Chat came to me when the latest lockdown was announced for England and with the realisation that we would all be stuck in our homes again, many of us binge watching on various TV series and little in the way of diary entries. I thought it might be fun to introduce and listen to the sort of interesting person you’d love to be sat next to at a dinner party.

Courtesy of Zoom, After Dinner Chats will start at 8.00pm (prompt) and last approximately 45 minutes aiming to close by 9.00pm.

Former BBC journalist Nils Blythe has kindly agreed to lead the “After Dinner Chats With” will be via Zoom from 8-9pm. RSVPs will be required to receive a Zoom invite. To find out more, including how to book, please visit my JustGiving page, https://bit.ly/AfterDinnerChatWith. Suggested donation: £10.00 per chat.

Please help support an important new research project for this rare cancer which has affected our daughter Romy and so many others. You can find out more about the project here.

Nils Blythe

Nils Blythe

Our Host

Nils worked for BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme as their Business Correspondent, followed by a stint with The Money Programme and finally as business correspondent on PM. He left the BBC to become Executive Director of Communications at the Bank of England.

Photo: prweek.com

Clare Mulley

Friday 20th November at 8pm

An After Dinner Talk With author Clare Mulley

via Zoom

Clare Mulley is an award-winning author and broadcaster. From her website:

Her first book, The Woman Who Saved the Children, won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize, and The Spy Who Loved led to Clare being decorated with Poland’s national honour, the Bene Merito. Clare’s third book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler, tells the extraordinary story of two women at the heart of Nazi Germany, whose choices put them on opposite sides of history.

Join Nils Blythe for a chat with Clare. For your RSVP, please go to https://bit.ly/AfterDinnerChatWith


William Clegg QC

Thursday 3rd December at 8pm

An After Dinner Talk With William Clegg QC

via Zoom

William Clegg QC has acted in more than 100 murder cases and now sits as a part-time judge.

Join Nils Blythe for a chat with William. For your RSVP, please go to https://bit.ly/AfterDinnerChatWith.

Sally Gaminara

Thursday 17th December at 8pm

An After Dinner Talk With Sally Gaminara

via Zoom

Our final After Dinner Chat guest this year will be Sally Gaminara, former Publishing Director of Bantam Press, with an impressive list of clients including: Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Bill Browder and Kate McCann.  Bantam Press is one of the imprints within the Penguin Random House group.

Join Nils Blythe for a chat with Sally. For your RSVP, please go to https://bit.ly/AfterDinnerChatWith.