Here, we remember some of our supporters who have passed away.

Candles burning for departed loved ones

Many of our supporters improve the lives of people around them, as well as the young people who they never meet - the young people who we support through our programmes, projects and policy work.

If there is someone you would like to see remembered on our website, please contact Supporter Care by telephone, 0300 303 7000, or by email.

In memory

Christine Haigh

In memory of Christine Haigh from the Diocese of Wakefield. Christine sadly passed away at her home near Halifax.

Christine is remembered by staff and supporters of The Children’s Society for her warmth, willingness and dedication. She inspired all around her to fundraise for our cause, and since 2000 raised a staggering £69,000. 

Her generosity and efforts are what enables us to help disadvantaged and scared children escape from neglect, poverty, violence and discrimination.

She will be missed.

Anne Sendall

Anne Passed away peacefully after a short illness with her family by her side on 11 September 2014. Not only a loved and devoted wife to Brian, fantastic and loving mother to Jenny and Katie, wonderful Grandma to Daniel, Olivia, Lewis and Harry and lovely mother-in-law to Ian, Anne also dedicated lots of her time to raising money for The Children’s Society.

Anne lived in Sutton Coldfield and organised box collections, donations and coffee mornings at St Peter’s Church, Maney. She kept people up to date with our work and informed them how their donations were helping. Each year, she would collect in and count up over £1000 to help children living in poverty and those at risk of harm. 

Anne will be greatly missed.

Margaret Dobson

Mrs Margaret Dobson from Brancepath, County Durham passed away recently. A long standing supporter of The Children’s Society, Mrs Dobson was a key member of the Durham Support Group and over many years opened her home, Brancepath Castle, to host events and fundraising activities to support the charity’s work.

Mrs Dobson and her husband bought the castle in the 1970s and were planning to relocate from London. Despite the untimely death of her husband, Mrs Dobson still moved to the castle with her six children. Mrs Dobson had worked in publishing and was a pioneer of including illustrations in children’s literature.

A memorial service was held in the chapel at Brancpeth Castle and an amazing £850 was given to The Children’s Society as In Memorium donation. Her family continue to support the Children’s Society. 

Eileen Wiggins

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Eileen Wiggins from cancer two days before Christmas.  Eileen was a very hard working and dedicated member of the Winchcombe Fund Raising group for over 20 years and was passionate about our work. She will be very sadly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her and our deepest condolences are extended to her devoted family.

Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday 8 August 2015. Richard and his wife Pat were great supporters of The Children’s Society for many years. For a number of years they held a coffee morning in their home in the Forest of Dean which was very popular indeed, usually raising in excess of £700. Richard and Pat always put on a superb event with people travelling near and far for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. They would always ensure plenty of cakes and bread for people to buy, as well as jams and chutneys, bric–a–brac, raffle and many other stalls. Richard also collected the house boxes for the parish along with his wife until they both made the difficult decision to retire about a year ago. Richard will be greatly missed by all who knew him and our deepest condolences are extended to his wife Pat, and the family.

Pinky Elliston

Pinky Elliston was chairwoman of our Ledbury branch for over thirty years. In which time she was paramount to raising over £100,000 for the charity she held so close to her heart. 

Loved by all, Pinky put the fun in fundraising. Meetings were held in her kitchen over wine and twiglets, in between the gossip she was sure to keep us girls on the straight and narrow. 

The events she put on ranged from fashion shows to fayres, drinks parties to cinema nights. Everyone wanted to come to our events and a lot of that was thanks to Pinky.