KiB and COVID-19

Older people feel more alone and isolated than ever before now that care homes and most hospitals have cancelled visits. The crisis hasn’t stopped KiB: our singers are spreading cheer at a safe distance – on doorsteps, through windows, and in the streets.

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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

Jill Fraser, Chief Executive

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

Susan Walls, Project Development Director

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

Caty Oates, Project Director, Warwickshire

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

Jackie Roxborough, Music Director, Midlands

Musician and performing arts specialist. Teacher and mentor. Often mistaken for Pauline Quirk.

Chloe Knibbs, Arts-in-Health specialist, Midlands

Classically trained musician and composer. Community Practitioner. Would love to go skydiving one day.

Nicola Gossip, Music Director, London

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

Hannah Ciotkowski, Project Director, DofE and Online Volunteering

Rank Foundation Time to Shine Leader. Psychology graduate. Was born in a car.

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.”

Nadhim Zahawi

Member of Parliament for Stratford upon Avon; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families. 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