Sandra Ratcliffe (Stockport)
My name is Sandra Ratcliffe – Mum to Elaine Holland. I became involved with Lupus UK whilst Elaine was working up in Newcastle, attending information evenings when I was staying with Elaine. When Elaine was still in the North East, it was their turn to host the National Annual General Meeting, so my husband and I went over to help the committee – Elaine being a committee member by this time.
Elaine and Scott came back to live in Lancashire, and Elaine joined the North West Committee. Just before the group’s AGM in 2013, Val Wilson asked me to join the committee.
Although I don’t have Lupus myself, and not having heard of it before Elaine was diagnosed, I have found the information days very enlightening. I have enjoyed the friendship the group gives me as a Mum whose Daughter has Lupus.