“It’s Time to Talk” Podcast Series

TV & Radio Presenter & Anne Robson Trust Patron, Bill Turnbull, talks to industry professionals about why, now more than ever, it’s so important to be brave and discuss the end of our lives.

Set up in 2018, The Anne Robson Trust works in partnership with NHS Hospitals to help them set up and run teams of “Butterfly Volunteers”. These volunteers sit with patients who are in the last days and hours of their life, many of whom have no other visitors at all. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Butterfly Volunteers are not currently able to provide this support.

The pandemic is causing extensive disruption across untold areas of everyone’s lives. Covid-19 means that, in particular, there are dramatic ramifications for the sick and dying in hospital as in many cases they are unable to be visited.

So often we hear that patient’s families regret not talking to their loved one before they became so ill. We want to encourage people to sit down with their nearest and dearest, have the conversation about what they would want at the end of their life, write it down, put it away and live life to the full.

There are so many questions:

  • How do I even start talking about dying?
  • Why is it so important? – I worry that talking about death might make it happen.
  • What do you mean when you say ‘get your paperwork in order’?


In our first series of It’s Time To Talk, Bill Turnbull chats to a cross section of people about their personal and professional experiences. We hope you find them interesting and informative.