Tom’s Story

As part of Men’s Health Week, we are putting a spotlight on how health problems can result in a change in circumstances, and how The Printing Charity can help when and if this happens. 

There is good evidence that feeling connected to others is one of five specific things that can make a big difference to your sense of wellbeing. The others are being active, taking notice, learning and giving. 

“The Five Ways are valuable in their own right. They’ll improve your health and wellbeing. But it is also likely that if you’re feeling good about yourself, you will find it easier to make the other changes in your life that will improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing.”

The Five Ways to Wellbeing, Men’s Health Forum

Feeling connected, close to, and valued by, other people can make all the difference when faced with health concerns and as a result, a change in circumstance. For some men, reaching out to find help does not come naturally but it is important we all know that making connections and asking for support is vital to get through difficult times.


Tom’s Story

As editor of Able, a disability lifestyle publication for people faced with life-changing decisions, Tom can well identify with the situations included in the magazine. Tom was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis ten years ago and, with the help of The Printing Charity, adjusted his working life as a result. 

“Supporting me enables me to support others through my editorial work,” says Tom, who is also editor of Civvy Street, a magazine for members of the Armed Forces making the transition to civilian life.

Tom has worked in the media since 1997, initially on the commercial and sales side before moving across to editorial. Following his diagnosis with Cystic Fibrosis, he continued working but with his symptoms becoming progressively more severe and affecting his health, Tom needed to make a decision about continuing full-time or working part-time, which was an option he could not afford to do independently.

This is where The Printing Charity and Journalists’ Charity were able to help, and with financial support, Tom could continue to do the job he has a real passion for.

“I take pride in my work and didn’t want to relinquish it, plus I have a family to look after… The charities’ help is fantastic in that it enables me to work a four-day week with one day off to recuperate and help manage my symptoms.”

As the only dedicated charity for people in the print sector, we’re here to help. If you, or anyone you know, works in the print, paper, publishing, packaging or graphic arts, and is facing challenges in life, please get in touch.

Call us on 01293 542 820 or email

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