Kay (Kathleen) Gilderdale ME case on Panorama: 1 February


Postings on ME agenda site for media coverage of the death of Lynn Gilderdale and the legal case are identified by the Freefoto.com image above and archived in Categories under Gilderdale case. ME agenda is unable to respond to enquiries in connection with the case from members of the public or the media.

Bridget Kathleen (Kay) Gilderdale, mother of ME sufferer, Lynn, on Panorama Monday, 1 February

Shortlink:   http://wp.me/p5foE-2GO         Gilderdale case archive on ME agenda

Update @ 29 January

Brighton News The Argus  |  28 January 2010

Kay Gilderdale: I don’t regret a thing

Daily Mail  |  Martin Samuel  |  28 January 2010

Lynn’s lasting legacy for the victims of ME

You may suspect personal experience here, and you would be right. My wife, Deborah, has ME.

Update @ 28 January

Guardian  |  Deborah Orr  |  28 January 2010

You can’t make meaningful laws for assisted suicide
We need compassion and common sense to deal effectively with such a distressing but important issue

Dail Mail   |  Gill Swain  |  28 January 2010

‘How can they say I murdered Lynn when I just loved her so much?’ Mother cleared of murdering her ME-stricken daughter speaks out

Independent   |  27 January 2010

ME case study: ‘She told me that she did not want to carry on’

The mother of an ME sufferer tells Cahal Milmo how the condition debilitated her daughter



There will be a ‘Panorama’ special on the Kay Gilderdale case next Monday, 1 February.


I Helped My Daughter Die


BBC One  |  Monday, 1 Feb 2010  20:30

Next on:  |  BBC News Channel  |  Thursday 4 Feb 2010  04:30


What drives a mother to help her child die? For almost a year, Panorama cameras have been following Kay Gilderdale – the woman at the centre of the recent Assisted Suicide trial – as she faced a possible life sentence over her part in the death of her daughter Lynn.

She talks exclusively to Jeremy Vine about the night she helped her bedridden daughter kill herself and explores whether the law should be changed with those on both sides of the debate, including Debbie Purdey and Baroness Campbell.


Presenter | Jeremy Vine

Producer | Ray Tostevin

Producer | Margaret Vrublevskis

Telegraph | Blogs | Andrew M Brown

Andrew M Brown is a writer specialising in the influence of addiction and substance abuse on culture and celebrities.

Lynn Gilderdale’s distressing diary shows that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME can be real and catastrophic

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Times  |  Letters to the Editor  |  27 January 2101

Sir, The tragic case of Lynn Gilderdale (“I really, really want to die. I’ve had enough of being in so much pain”, Jan 26) starkly exposes the dreadful situation that ME patients face in this country, especially for those severely affected. Having to cope constantly with a horrible physical illness and its unpleasant symptoms, day after day with no respite, leads to despair.

We are derided by the medical profession and the public, and made to feel like we are charlatans, work-shy malingerers who undeservedly claim paltry benefits that are barely adequate to survive on. This, too, leads to despair.

It is hardly surprising that so many ME patients have already taken their own lives in a country and world that does not care.

ME is real. It is a devastating illness that completely destroys lives. It deserves the same respect and care as any other serious illness, not derision and disrespect.

Keith Riley

Seaford, E Sussex


Sir, I hope there is a broader cross-section of opinion within the Medical Research Council’s expert group on myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) than that expressed by its chairman, Professor Stephen Holgate (“Doctors, school, friends thought I was faking it”, times2, Jan 25). To say that he recognises “there’s a real thing here, it’s not all psychiatric or psychological” betrays a lack of understanding of psychological illness that ill serves any practising clinician, let alone one involved in research into ME/CFS. The modern, holistic approach in medical science might almost have been developed with this most puzzling and complex condition in view.

As a former consultant psychiatrist, I had hoped that this dichotomous thinking regarding diseases of the body and diseases of the mind was confined to earlier generations of doctors. Apparently I was mistaken. Perhaps Professor Holgate would like to tell patients struggling to live with bipolar affective disorder or with schizophrenia that their illnesses are not “real”. I think he would be unwise to do so.

Dr Richard Hawley


Telegraph  |  Tracy Corrigan  |  27 January 2010 

Compared with Lynn Gilderdale, my daughter was lucky

The story of the Gilderdales has awakened painful memories for Tracy Corrigan.

Dr Macintyre and the Gilderdale family discuss ME

Gilderdale case archive on ME agenda