Angela Gorman is a retired Senior Neonatal ICU Sister, who happened to see a TV programme about maternal mortality in Chad, Central Africa in 2005. Many of the mothers were dying because they couldn’t access or afford basic mediations to save their lives. Having decided that she could do something to save these mothers, she co-founded Life for African Mothers (LFAM). The charity has two core activities. The first is to send a very specific medication which prevents or treats haemorrhage following delivery and the other is to facilitate visits to partner countries by UK midwives in order to share and update knowledge and skills.
In the 16yrs since seeing the programme, the charity had expanded its reach to part or all of five countries, with donations of tablets reaching into the millions.
Travelling in Africa became Angela’s main hobby, with 36 visits to 13 countries; however, the pandemic had a massive impact on LFAM’s activities, but thankfully, things are slowly getting back to normal.
LFAM still occupies a lot of Angela’s retirement time, plus visiting her family across the country. She has received a number of awards, which is greatly appreciated as it brings the charity a much-needed publicity.
Angela has been a Rotarian for 12yrs and is currently President of Cardiff Llanishen Rotary Club.