Mrs Judy Ledger
RN Hon MA
Founder of Baby Lifeline
Founder & CEO of Baby Lifeline Training Ltd
Judy qualified as a state registered nurse in 1978 in Coventry. She worked as a staff nurse in accident and emergency ITU, then cardio thoracic ITU and neurosurgery ITU until leaving to work as a corporate medical representative specialising in intra operative cardio vascular products in one third of the UK.
Just before qualifying Judy lost three babies consecutively – all born prematurely and died as a result of this. She wanted to do something to help with her grief and to also support the professionals who cared for her and so started to fundraise for the Coventry Maternity Hospital concerned.
Baby Lifeline began in 1979 and became incorporated and registered as a charity in 1981, just before the birth of her first son Richard. Thanks to excellent professional care and a great deal of clinical intervention, Judy has three children – Richard, James, and Sara.
Her life was very manic for many years (and still is) either working as a nurse or representative and fundraising, and caring for her family.
In 1997 Judy was conferred with an honorary Master of Arts degree from Coventry University – in recognition of her work to support maternity services. In 2010/2011 she received three awards, The Independent on Sunday – Happy List 2011, The Forum 3 Alternative Rich List, and Pride of Britain Award – for fundraiser 2010.