Kissing it Better

Mission

KiB is working to end the isolation of old age by bringing the generations together. Our imaginative healthcare projects make an immediate and lasting difference to the lives of older people. Our teaching and training programmes make our expertise available to everyone.

“The beauty of the Kissing It Better model is that everyone involved benefits – the patients and their carers, the staff, those giving their time, the provider as a whole and the community.” NHS England report.

Our talented team have experience from across healthcare and education, as well as the media and performance industries.

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Aims

Our Team

Catherine Elliott-Kemp, Project Director, Education

TV Producer. Choir singer. Current obsessions: cats, foxgloves and Scrabble.

Jill Fraser, Chief Executive

Nurse. BBC reporter. Once chased by a real and very large elephant in Windsor.

Millie Glover, Young People’s Innovation Lead

Rank Foundation Time to Shine Leader. Psychology Graduate. Could most definitely recite the film Grease word for word.

Nicola Gossip, Music Director, London

Drama school principal. Actress. Obsessed with derelict public buildings.

Caty Oates, Project Director, Warwickshire

Teacher. Careers & employment specialist. Owner of a giant African land snail called Speedy.

Susan Walls, Project Development Director

Journalist. Children’s television producer. Danni Minogue once wore her bikini.

Louisa Wyatt, Chief Operating Officer

Accountant. Interior Decorator. Current obsession: turning her garden into Monty Don's. Not happening.

Our Patrons

Dr Phil Hammond

Phil is a physician, broadcaster, comedian and commentator on health issues in the United Kingdom. He’s been a tremendous supporter of our work, and even managed to include KiB in his NHS comedy script on BBC Radio 4. He says: “If I was given a million pounds, I’d give it to Kissing it Better. They put the fun and painted nails back into healthcare.”

Sir Andrew Motion

English poet, novelist, biographer, and former Poet Laureate. He joined us on projects reading poetry to care home residents and found the experience profoundly moving. “The beneficial effects are extraordinary. I’ve also seen how much good it does for the young people delivering poetry and music to the elderly residents.”

The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi

Member of Parliament for Stratford upon Avon; Nadhim Zahawi was appointed Secretary of State for Education on 15 September 2021. He says: "I wholeheartedly support the work of Kissing it Better and was delighted to be asked to become a patron of such an excellent charity. It is the simple things, so easily missed, that make a real difference; this is the genius of KiB's work."

Sunny Ormonde

Sunny is a radio, television and stage actress who’s been lighting up The Archers for almost 20 years with her portrayal of the outrageous Lillian Bellamy. Away from Ambridge, she’s played everything from Shakespeare to Grange Hill. She also inspires the next generation of young actors by teaching Radio Technique at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She says: “I am so delighted to be a patron of this wonderful charity.”

Our funders

Logo: The Rank Foundation
Logo: The Rank Foundation
Logo: The Rank Foundation
Logo: The Rank Foundation