About Dr Kate Allatt D Litt
Bio Kate Allatt
Former 70 mile-a-week fell runner Kate Allatt (47) suffered a brainstem stroke & locked in syndrome (LIS) when her Marketeer, Mum & formerchildren were 5, 8 & 10 years old. Kate wrote her now internationally published book ‘Running Free – Breaking out of Locked In Syndrome’ in 2011 . She won Extraordinary Woman in 2011 and founded/ran her registered digital charity, just 3 months after leaving hospital in 2011. (She was supposed to still be recovering at home!)
She remains a determined, tireless advocate and activist for anyone around the world affected by early LIS.
Her regular and inspirational visits to patients, in the early stages of the condition, continue to give desperate people the BELIEF to try to improve and break free of LIS. Her patient stories of improvement are simply phenomenal. So far she has traveled as far as New York, Poland, Belfast, Finland, Ireland, Europe as well as England, Amsterdam, Scotland and Wales.
Kate delivered a TEDx speech & has become a regular health inspirational and motivational speaker, trainer, workshop facilitator and head teacher keynote speaker. She also talks to schools and businesses about thinking differently, growth mindset, thinking differently and resiliency. She was made an Honorary Doctorate Litterarum by Sheffield Hallam University in 2017 – their highest award and considered beyond a PhD – for her global work in stroke advocacy/research since her own illness in 2010.)
It was Kate – a collaborator – who pioneered the successful £250,000 ESCAPS research project after tweeting Dr Joanna Fletcher-Smith at The University of Nottingham. Now they are applying for ESCAPS to become a multi-centre research project.
She passionately believed she would not only recover, but also make a difference to the lives to others affected by LIS globally. She did that too! Consequently, she was honored for her work as a VIP at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2012. Kate also attended The Queens Garden Party in 2014.
Furthermore, she strives to influence the mindset of the stroke establishment by campaigning on #strokerecovery and mental health issues. Recently Kate has spoken at The Kings Fund, The NHS Confederation, The Royal College of GP’, Medical Students, Queens Nurses, RCN, NHS Leadership, Derma Sciences International (Florida), Sainsbury’s and Cunard’s Queen Victoria. She talks about communication, growth mindset, resiliency, dignity in nursing, amongst others. She enjoys talking to students at school and headteachers too!
But it’s not all work! Kate loves being a mum to India, Harvey and Woody and is married to Mark. She loves long dog walks in the Peak District & spins three times a week and is an avid amateur photographer!
Her media appearances include:
BBC Jeremy Vine, BBC Victoria Derbyshire TV, BBC Today, BBC Newsnight, BBC 5 Live, The One Show, This Morning, Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, RTL Germany, ABC Australia, The Times, The Times on Sunday, The Indian Times, Readers Digest, Woman & Home, Woman, The Good housekeeping Guide, BBC World Service, Sky News etc….
Her best article: The Times 2017 TIM_20170202_null_T2_01_2
Her testimonials are here: http://www.kateallatt.com/testimonials/
‘No promises just possibilities’
“You won’t hear a pin drop!”