The 19th of December this year will be the inaugural ‘Heather Clark Memorial Lecture’ preceding our annual Christmas party.

Heather was a friend of mine and a graduate of this college who led an inspiring life. Having been born without limbs as a result of her mother taking the thalidomide drug when pregnant with Heather, she defied perceived limitations. Despite the odds, she rode horses, worked in the media, travelled the world and was a hypnotherapist and coach. Here she is with her diploma certificate – she went on to achieve others too…

The last time I saw Heather in real-life was at our Christmas lecture and party last year, here we are together….

Heather sadly lost her battle with cancer in recent weeks and this annual event will raise money for charity, starting with one close to Heather’s heart (Ovacome – ovarian cancer awareness charity).

Heather’s close friend Helen Poulter will be attending and will be presenting a small tribute to Heather on the night too. Those that never met her will understand what made her so special.

Heather really personified much of the ethos of this college and it really makes me proud that her name and incredible spirit will be used to reflect this event in years to come.

I have secured two academics who are coming to present lectures late afternoon about their hypnosis research. I assure you it will be a couple of hours and a few pounds very well invested. The lectures and speakers are as follows:

1. The contribution of frontal lobe functions to hypnotic and placebo analgesia.

Alethea Guestini, Postgraduate Research Student, Bournemouth University and Mental Health Administrator, NHS

2. Advances in intrinsic hypnosis research and theory.

Dr Ben Parris, Head of Research and Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Bournemouth

The aim of these lectures is to consider recent advances in our understanding of hypnosis and suggestion with the wider aim of promoting understanding of the efficacy of hypnosis and suggestion in a variety of contexts. The event aims to discuss recent findings in hypnosis research and know how hypnosis and placebo effects relate to each other.

We have limited spaces available just as we did for our Christmas lecture last year, and the fee for joining us is £10.00, all of which will go to charity. This year, all funds will go to Ovacome, an Ovarian cancer charity that Heather was raising awareness of and helping raise funds for herself. We are hoping to present the funds on the night.

Our Christmas party will follow. Full timings and further details can be found at the Facebook event page where I will organise and administer the event. visit it here to book yourself in. To stay on for Christmas dinner, networking, more hypnosis discussion and a festive disco, is an extra £20.00 per head.

The event will commence at 4pm on the 19th, finishing at around 6.30pm, with the Christmas dinner and party starting at 7pm.

Reserve yourself one of the limited spaces here: The Heather Clark Memorial Lecture 2018.

I hope you’ll join us.