Amplifying Voices, Mending Divides by Various

Amplifying Voices, Mending Divides represents a major step in Leeds Teaching Hospitals becoming an anti-racist, inclusive organisation. This new anthology of stories is written by colleagues at LTHT or people connected to the Trust.

These deeply personal accounts of experiences of racism provide moving insights on discrimination and inequality - whether experienced here at LTHT, in the wider NHS, or society at large.

What's in the book?

  • Stories from 14 contributors from a diverse range of both BME and non-BME staff and partners.
  • 150 pages, with colour photos selected to represent each story throughout.
  • Foreword from Dr Owen Williams OBE.

Who are the writers?

We're proud to have the work of fourteen contributors presented in Amplifying Voices, Mending Divides.

Ester Jamera 

Achieving Race Equality in the NHS - Allyship is KEY 

Roger Kline 

A long and winding road 

Nompu Mahlangu 

The Sun Always Rises but Sometimes It is Behind the Clouds 


I Know Who I Am  

Emtiyaz Hazi 

My Story 

Modupe Hector-Goma 

Do the Right Thing 

Lorraine Millington 

How My Family and I Faced Racism in the UK   

Chidimma (Pseudonym) 

My Story 

John Furness 

My UK Institutional Racism  

Vanessa Corrigan 

Initiating an Uncomfortable Conversation 

Thomas Brindley 

The Role of the LGBT+ Community in the Black Lives Matter Movement 

Jennifer Murira 

The Power of Hindsight  

Stuart Haines 

My Journey to Understanding the BME Agenda 

Richard Stubbs 

Perceiving Racism is as Damaging as Experiencing It 

How did it come about?

In Summer 2020, the death of George Floyd and the health inequalities revealed by the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted that all voices need to be heard and acted upon in order to successfully address current race disparities.

Following this, the BME Staff Network posted a call-out for contributors for the book from both BME and non-BME colleagues to reflect the broad impact and array of experiences of race and racism that Covid-19 and George Floyd’s death had brought to light.

The finished collection will act both as a snapshot of a historical moment and a valuable resource for colleagues now and for future generations. This is the fruit of a lot of hard work since then from colleagues and partners, in bringing this concept to reality.