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We are so proud to announce that we are sponsoring the next two seasons of the ‘Don’t Ignore the Elephant’ podcast by Dr Liz O’Riordan!

Liz is a breast cancer surgeon and patient and educates, inspires and brings comfort to her community of listeners online. The podcast is designed to help people talk about their ‘elephants’ from severe illnesses to grief, mental health, body image, divorce, any topic that is difficult to talk about, is talked about in this podcast with experienced guests and a medical professional and empathetic lens in highlighting common problems and bringing comfort to everyone facing them.

AOK Events have agreed a ground-breaking partnership deal with the ‘Don’t Ignore the Elephant’ podcast hosted by Dr Liz O’Riordan, who is a breast surgeon who’s had breast cancer and launched the podcast as another way to help people. She’s a respected, trusted expert voice and author - and known for talking about the ‘elephants’ that no one else talks about with gentleness, integrity, and good humour. 

Listen to the first season here:

Series 2 of the podcast launches in September, with Alex Hewitt, the Founder and CEO of AOK Events as a guest speaker. Alex spoke to Liz about his own mental health ‘wobble’ as he was forced to make some of the toughest decisions of his life during the global pandemic, when he saw what he’d built up over twenty years disappear before his eyes as the events industry and sporting sector shut down.

“It’s not often I get the chance to talk about Tyson Fury and the menopause in one sentence - but if this podcast helps any other man to speak up and say to a friend or loved one that they’re ‘not feeling ok’ that’s got to be a good thing. I went through the hardest experience of my life during the early months of Covid. I’m a dad to three teenage boys, I want them to be able to talk about masculinity and mental health and loads of other things. And those who know me will know how delighted I am to say that business is now booming - we’ve just had our busiest month in our 22 year history - and I’m living proof that if we have the right support, we can get through things and come out the side. I’ve changed but I’m now stronger”.

– Alex Hewitt, Founder & CEO – AOK Events


“Everyday someone will experience the death of a loved one, work with a disability, have a relationship breakdown, be bullied, struggle with an addiction, be in an unhealthy relationship - or just be overwhelmed - it’s so important we get people to talk and know they’re not alone.”

“It’s fabulous that AOK do so much with sport, as exercise is such an important part of my life, and it may help reduce the risk of my cancer coming back a third time - so it would be great if through this partnership we could inspire more people to get active or experience some nice things!”

– Dr Liz O’Riordan, host of ‘Don’t Ignore the Elephant’ podcast