Jane Kelly

The middle-class cats that are ditching meat

12 January 2019 9:00 am

As I write, my cats and a visitor from the next street are hammering into their food, at nearly £5…

I can understand those seduced by Isis; once, it could have been me

25 July 2015 9:00 am

One of the great moments of my student life was opening the door and seeing visitors step back, shocked. I’d…

Shame, sex, violence and race in 1980s London – and today

9 May 2015 9:00 am

I was riveted to read about Ione Wells, an Oxford student, aged 20, who was savagely attacked on a London…

My wood-burning stove is expensive, trendy – and miserable

28 February 2015 9:00 am

One of my earliest memories is seeing my father in the early morning raking out the ashes of our coal…

Under this government, our prison system is falling apart

7 February 2015 9:00 am

It used to be sewing mail bags, picking oakum and working the treadmill, now the government has come up with…

Is the way our hospitals treat old people down to underfunding – or organised neglect?

8 November 2014 9:00 am

I am leaving London soon, coming to the end of my time as a voluntary hospital visitor working from a…

The nun who took down an Isis flag – and stands up for east London's Muslims

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Not so long ago disaffected youngsters would take to a life of crime and hard drugs, a trajectory which would…

In our hard-pressed NHS, must sympathy be rationed too?

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Sometimes I have a quiet time as a voluntary hospital visitor. But recently I’ve witnessed a lot of distress from…

When a survivor of Auschwitz asks for your story, what do you say?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

My aim as a hospital visitor is to cheer, befriend, have a chat, do something to disrupt the bleak monotony…

A dying estate agent helped me see the light

4 January 2014 9:00 am

I recently decided to move house. It started with a resentful yearning to own two bedrooms, but I quickly discovered…

Hospital food isn’t a joke. It’s a scandal

7 September 2013 9:00 am

One of the patients I see regularly as a voluntary hospital visitor, who has been in hospital for weeks, seems…

These days, even a good NHS hospital can be a frightening place

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Let’s not pretend that it’s just those hospital trusts investigated, or put on ‘special measures’ by Jeremy Hunt that are…