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Passionate speaker addressing challenges arising during illness

Pete Wallroth

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Charity founder raising awareness for illness and mental health and supporting people dealing with illness and loss

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Speaker Pete Wallroth is passionate about supporting men and women dealing with illness and loss. He helps raise awareness for causes such as cancer during pregnancy and men’s/fathers mental health.

Pete Wallroth is the founder and CEO of a charity called Mummy’s Star. He founded the charity in memory of his wife Mair, with the goal of offering support to women diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy or within 12 months of having a baby. As founder of a charity and as a keynote speaker, Pete Wallroth works to ensure that women are given all the normal choices in pregnancy that they would have without their diagnosis. Pete gives talks to hospitals and cancer centres, helping to improve knowledge about this area.

Single father and keynote speaker Pete Wallroth also works to raise awareness of mens/fathers mental health. He helps men dealing with difficult times by breaking down societal presumptions about what fathers can’t/can do. His experiences caring for a sick partner and dealing with loss allow him to truly speak from the heart.

Even before forming his charity, speaker Pete Wallroth was passionately working to better lives. For 10 years, he worked in the housing and regeneration sector, facilitating a variety of youth, health and environmental improvement projects in some of Greater Manchester’s most deprived communities.

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    Speaker Pete Wallroth Keynote Topics

    • Family Challenges during illness

    Dealing with both pregnancy and cancer is a difficult situation – yet one that most hospitals and cancer centers unfortunately aren’t equipped to deal with. Speaker Pete Wallroth tries to improve this through this educational and emotional talk. In his talks he shares case studies and various examples of good practice that help families dealing with the difficulties that come with cancer.
    There are so many unique challenges which families have to face during illness, and who better to speak on this topic than Pete since he has experienced the challenges first hand. 

    • Men’s Mental Health

    Grief is never easy and as a man it can be particularly challenging due to societal presumptions. Pete knows first-hand how to get through grief as a single dad. He is equipped to speak on many aspects of fatherhood, grief and men’s mental health.


Interview with Pete Wallroth

What are your biggest goals currently?

Learning to be a new dad again, following the recent birth of our son Flynn. After the experiences that surrounded the birth of my first son Merlin and then losing my wife shortly after, my memory and experience of being a dad to him and his sister Martha is somewhat blurred and was a quite isolating experience at the time as a widower.

My partner and I recently had a little boy and I find that I am having a completely different parenting experience again in a very positive way…because this time I am not doing it all on my own. Its providing me with a reflection too on how I did it last time.

In a professional sense, education has become the biggest goal alongside the support we’re offering to women day to day. Whether its providing educational sessions to students, existing health professionals or audiences from a whole range of backgrounds, every session I feel we are reaching someone new, or changing a mindset which will one day ultimately lead to one of the mums we support have a completely different, better maternity experience.

What unique men’s mental health issues have you encountered?

Fear of Birth! This is something that is traditionally associated with women (understandably so) as they are the ones giving birth, but my work and personal experiences have opened my eyes to the reality that men too can have or experience a fear of birth, whether it be through loss of a partner in a maternity setting, through losing a baby with their partner, or seeing their partner in distress during labour and/or requiring an emergency intervention. It is a real thing for men and needs to be acknowledged accordingly, just like post-natal depression in men needs to be too.

What do you gain personally from being a public speaker?

I would say the single biggest benefit I gain is the knowledge that someone may now change the way they practice in their health role because of a point I have made or an example I have given them in a speech. In an era in health where so much statistical information is relied upon and anecdotes are easily dismissed as isolated incidents, I feel I have managed to carve out a place to make the point that anecdotal experiences should be seen as evidence when they become trends.

This is why health professionals are now sitting up and listening to what we’re saying as a charity. Patient advocacy is increasingly placing pressure on the way services are shaped and I feel privileged to play my part in that, both from my personal experiences but also from those whose lives I am involved with through the charity.

Through talking about my experiences and adapting talks to differing audiences I have actually drawn out things in myself that I had not previously acknowledged, struggles that I have had or continue to have and in the process found ways of self-help both for my own trauma and then that of others through sharing.

What are some unique experiences you’ve had from running your charity?

I never saw myself as a public speaker and was always incredibly nervous when I was required to speak in the early days of the charity (and I am still nervous now) but I have had opportunities to speak at some of the biggest events on the UK and abroad too and over time have come to embrace the opportunity it provides to reach people and change mindsets.

If you had told me six years ago, when I had just lost my wife, that one of the best forms of help and support that I will to find through the darkest days was actually going to be the embracing of and talking about the loss I’ve experienced and supporting others going through similar then I would have run away scared. But it has been exactly that experience which has been so cathartic. Embracing the experiences of others and supporting them through what took my wife from my children and I has helped immensely.

I would liken it to having a demon. If you run away it can creep up and surprise you when your guard is down. But I keep my demon (loss/cancer) in sight so I know what it’s doing. Sure, sometimes that can wear me down a bit and leave me shattered but I know where it is all the time and I think that way of thinking feels unique for me

What habits do you have which help keep you motivated?

I’m a keen runner both for fitness benefit but also mental health. I find it helps clear my mind and helps gain focus which is essential when dealing with such traumatic situations on a day to day basis. I have a kind of fitness structure across the week because I find routine helps, albeit not rigidly so, to allow for appointments, travelling etc and also to balance around family.

Most mornings in the week I will either run or box/kickbox, which is something I’ve enjoyed over the last twelve months, and then one day at the weekend I will take part in some kind of running event, alongside other members of my running club. There’s a great community within running where ability is completely irrelevant and its simply about common love of being out

Describe yourself in 3 words.

  • Compassionate
  • Determined
  • Excited
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