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PM awards outstanding Cumbrian international development volunteer

Prime Minister, Theresa May awarded Catherine Anderson with the Points of Light Award, for providing grassroots healthcare in Myanmar.

Catherine has used the charity to set up healthcare clinics across Myanmar, supporting over 150 tuberculosis patients and 200 people living with HIV. The charity delivers home-based care, nutritional support, counselling services, contraceptives and public-awareness sessions across the community. Alongside the healthcare clinics the charity runs vocational training for patients to help them get back to work following their treatment.

Read more here and here.

Carlisle Living Profile

Carlisle Living magazine profiled Catherine ahead of her new role at the Jo Cox Foundation. Read the profile here.


Cumberland News – How a Cumbria woman’s charity brings hope for Myanmar poor

Catherine Anderson’s work with The Angus McDonald Trust is profiled in the Cumberland News.

I’m never settling down: adventurer Catherine Anderson’s heartbreaking memoir – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

‘Life can be marvellous and cruel, a sentiment felt by Catherine Anderson – an adventurer and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society who lost the love of her life much too soon after finding him. She speaks with Sarah Macdonald about never settling down, even if she stays put for a little while. Catherine Anderson’s memoir is The End of All Our Exploring.’

Cumbria Life, November 2014 – Changing Lives

‘Catherine Anderson and her late fiancé, Australian photo-journalist Angus McDonald, shared a profound love of Asia. This month a book of Angus’s work is published and an accompanying exhibition has its preview at Rheged. Here Catherine, who is Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart’s chief-of-staff, tells her own fascinating story to promote Angus’s work and a trust in his name.’


ABC Radio National, 5 September 2015 – Traveller’s Tale with Geraldine Doogue

‘The Indian subcontinent is renowned for its railways. It has the world’s third largest network and on any given day it carries more than 20 million people between 6,800 stations. A book dedicated to some of India’s narrowest gauges called India’s Disappearing Railways came to Saturday Extra’s attention from listener Peter. Australian photojournalist Angus McDonald travelled on ten narrow-gauge lines, but sadly before his book was completed he died. His fiancee Catherine Anderson, who accompanied him on some of the journeys, edited his book.’


The Telegraph, 8 August 2015 – An Emotional Journey

‘The historic narrow-gauge railways of India and Burma have a poignant personal significance for Catherine Anderson. They were a great passion of her partner, the photographer Angus McDonald, and after he was diagnosed with cancer they took one final voyage together.’


The Guardian, 12 December 2014 – A Death in Yangon: the day my fiancé died

‘Catherine Anderson and her partner, photographer Angus McDonald, were returning from Myanmar when he died at the airport. Here, in an extract from her memoir, she tells the story of losing a loved one far from home.’