Amanda Jones[ BACK ]

Amanda Jones was born in Ascot on 19th June 1942. She attended a convent prep school followed by an independent boarding school for her secondary education. Amanda continued her studies and went on to qualify as a diagnostic radiographer at the Westminster Hospital, now named the Chelsea and Westminster.

Amanda married in London and worked at the now defunct Princess Beatrice Hospital, Cromwell Road, then moved to Gloucestershire where she and her husband were blessed with three children Camilla, born 1966, Dominic, born
1967 and Rebecca, born 1969. Sadly Becs died 2003.

Amanda and her family moved to the Highlands of Scotland where they lived for 18 years. During this time Amanda started a playgroup in remote village in the north west (which is going still) and also worked on a rotational basis in all the small hospitals over the Highlands and chaired the Highlands and Islands Branch of the College of Radiographers for a year.

The family moved to the Herault region of France when the children had finished their education. In France Amanda was required to qualify in nuclear medicine and radiotherapy. Once approved by the French Health Minister, Amanda worked in a clinic, as the permanent on-call in the A and E department.

In 1997 Amanda returned to the UK to start anew. The NHS had changed greatly since Amanda had worked in England which lead to Amanda feeling that her knowledge about the latest advances in her profession was insufficient to return to work in a hospital. Amanda therefore made a complete career change by working for a legal firm who had just developed a programme which converted the Royal Courts of Justice's stenographers' typing into text to appear, in real time, on the computers of everyone in court. As a result, Amanda learnt a whole new aspect of professional life.

In 1999 Amanda met the lovely Alex and they married in 2000. The years that followed saw Amanda travelling to the North Pole on a small ice breaker, riding horses and camels across Mongolia, as well as going to France, where Becs and Christian lived, as often as possible. At home, Amanda volunteered for the local Riding for the Disabled Group, eventually becoming its Chief Instructor. It transpired that she and Alex had been wise to do as much as possible as early as possible in their life together as Becs was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and Alex with Parkinson's Disease the same year.

This marks the start of Amanda's passion for, and commitment to, Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Inspired by Becs's courage and supported by Alex, who died last year, and by all the family, Amanda feels there is no better way of celebrating her daughter's life then helping to ensure that we ARE going to stop breast cancer for good.