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Improving end of life care for marginalised groups

When her homeless cousin killed in an accident was found to have cancer, Jane Carpenter resolved to help make a difference to others like him.
Jane Carpenter

When her homeless cousin killed in an accident was found to have cancer, Jane Carpenter resolved to help make a difference to others like him

When palliative care expert Jane Carpenter’s homeless cousin died in a traffic accident and a post-mortem revealed he had advanced cancer, she decided to make a difference for others like him.

Her cousin, who had a learning disability, had become homeless when he was 18 and remained so until his death at the age of 37.

‘We were about the same age,’ says Ms Carpenter. ‘What happened to him got me thinking, what can I do to stop this happening to someone else?’

She became involved in working out how to deliver end of life care to under-served communities, often marginalised and vulnerable people who are hard to reach.

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