Lady Sandra Howard feature

Although I am doing work experience in Devon, I thought I would share with you a feature I wrote on work experience the week before Christmas.

I had to ring Lady Sandra Howard and interview her and here’s what I came up with:

LADY Howard is best known as wife of former Conservative MP, now Baron Michael Howard.

But in recent years she has been making her own name writing women’s novels and as a freelance journalist.

Following successful novels Glass Houses, Ursula’s Story and A Matter of Loyalty, she is working on a fourth, Ex-Wives, to be released in April.

Her busy schedule also includes the role of president of The East Kent Breast Cancer Mammography Appeal.

She told the Gazette she was “delighted” to be asked to take on this role.

The 71-year-old grandmother said: “This appeal is so important and we’re really going for the final push.”

The appeal has so far raised over £720,000 towards a £1.2 million target which has meant three machines which diagnose breast cancer earlier have been bought for Canterbury, Margate and Ashford hospitals.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and almost 46,000 cases are diagnosed every year.

Jean Byers, chairman of the appeal, said: “We are very honoured that Lady Howard agreed to be our appeal president.

“After a long and varied career as a wife, mother, model and writer we are pleased she agreed to give us her support.”

Thanks to the appeal, the trust was able to buy the machines at a bulk buy price.

Rupert Williamson, fundraising manager for East Kent Hospitals, said: “We have had fantastic support and further promises of golf days and coffee mornings with the appeal still running.”

At Kent & Canterbury Hospital, more than £215,000 has been raised by the League of Friends.

As well as her involvement in this appeal, Lady Howard is a trustee of Addaction, a drug and alcohol treatment charity and vice-president of NCYPE, providing care for young people with epilepsy.

She recently travelled to Jordan and is off to Vietnam in a month, writing for the Mail on Sunday.

The writer said: “My favourite place is Africa, especially Zambia as I spent time there as a child.”

Her father was an Air Force doctor who was often posted overseas.

One of two children, she spent a lot of her childhood travelling with her parents while her older sister Carma went to boarding school in England.

Carma, who lived in South Africa, died from a stroke on New Year’s Eve three years ago.
At the time, the bereaved wrote “I’ve lost a uniquely wonderful sister” in a tribute describing her regret at not being close to her in adult life.

The mother-of-three married Michael, her fourth husband, 36 years ago.
Now that Baron Howard is no longer an MP, the couple are enjoying spending time “seeing the world.”

Sandra revealed: “We love travelling and making the most of our time.”

However the pair will spend Christmas at their home in Lympne.

Mrs Howard added: “We have all the neighbours over on Christmas Eve then a quieter Christmas day.

“I’ll see some family over Christmas but my daughter is married to an American so they will spend it over there.”

The author has three grandchildren and it was always her ambition to write novels after a successful freelancing career.


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