Helen grew up in the north of England, where she trained as a nurse, but settled in Malta with her husband Peter, a doctor she met while at work.
Both Helen and Peter were involved in the creation of Hospice Malta. The hospice began in 1987 when a group of volunteers formed of a steering committee with the aim of pioneering hospice and bereavement care services locally. A home care service was launched by the hospice in 1989 and St Michael’s Day Centre opened the following year.
Helen trained as a palliative care nurse, working voluntarily for the hospice for almost three years, caring for patients in their own homes.
Despite leaving the hospice to work on other projects, she set up a Breast Care Support Group to support patients of the hospice. Keen to improve care for patients with breast cancer, she was also involved in founding Action for Breast Cancer Foundation, a voluntary organisation that campaigns for better services for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in Malta and Gozo. She remained chairperson of the lobbying group until her death.
She passed away on 19 October after a long battle with breast cancer.
In tribute, the Times of Malta has republished an interview with Helen from 2011, in which she talks about her condition and her life.