Welcome to our online Book of Remembrance where we pay tribute to those who have gone before us, as a lasting tribute to their generosity and the impact this has had on the thousands of people across Derbyshire affected by sight loss.
If you have recently sent gifts in memory of a loved one, or if we have received a gift in their Will, we will contact you to ask if you would like their name to be listed on this page. There are many people who have given to us in the past who we would also like to remember. If you would like us to list your friend or relative who left us a legacy or had gifts made in memory of them in the past please contact us.
You may also wish your loved one to be remembered in our head office Book of Remembrance, where we are happy to include photos, memories and tributes. Please contact us.
All Is Well (Henry Scott Holland)
Death is nothing to fear,
I have only slipped away into the next room, I am I, and you are you,
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still,
Call me by my old familiar name, Speak to me in the same easy way which you always did,
Put no difference into your tone;
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect, without the shadow of a ghost on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was; there is absolutely unbroken continuity,
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am just waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
All is well.
In Memory of Irene Binks
Irene was always kind, considerate and contented. She encouraged others to fulfil their potential and helped others through their hardship.
While young she allowed her big sister to look after her without rebelling. Then she began a lifetime of helping other people. In adolescence she helped with the wolf cubs and later led wolf cub packs in several towns. She also took over the church youth club.
Irene studied Geology, German and keyboard playing in her spare time. She gained a diploma in municipal administration, at a younger age than anyone else ever had.
Irene married at the age of 22. She never regretted it. Irene raised a son, who learnt to play chess at the age of 4 and became the Derbyshire under 14 chess champion.
She coped with moving house four times; each time she quickly amassed a new circle of friends. Irene welcomed guests into her home: school-exchange pupils from France and Germany; rugby players from Canada; singers from Georgia; migrant workers from Bavaria; a visiting professor from Australia; and conference delegates from Botswana.
Irene was one of the first regional co-ordinators for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, a voluntary post, organising the team that repaired talking book machines and helping people to use them, throughout much of Derbyshire. This work was recognised by an invitation to a Buckingham Palace garden party and by a Prince Charles’ Diamond Award.
In between all this Irene developed her garden from a plain grass patch to a landscaped area of flowerbeds, shrubbery, terraces and a little wood. She held garden open days, with proceeds to charities including Sight Support Derbyshire.
There were also her cakes. Birthday cakes, christening cakes, wedding cakes, retirement cakes, just-because cakes, all fabulously decorated with sugarcraft. For open days, sales-of-work and so on she could be relied upon to supply little fancy cakes by the dozen.
Even at the end, as the illness took her away, she was still doing good, leaving bequests to a variety of charities.
A lovely lady. It was an honour to have known her.
With grateful thanks to the late Irene Binks for everything she did for Sight Support Derbyshire.
In Memory of Leonard Burgoyne
19th April 1923 – 23rd June 2015
Leonard was a keen cyclist all his life. After his sight failed when he was in his early nineties and he could no longer go out on his bicycle, he was very grateful for the help received from Sight Support Derbyshire.
Leonard is pictured on his 100th birthday with his card from the Queen and his cake.
In memory of David Caborn
In Memory of Jenny Chappell
1918 – 2016
Jenny loved Derbyshire and lived in the Ashover area all her life. She was always part of the farming community.
Jenny was happily married for 58 years with one son. She was sociable, outgoing and a willing member of many charitable organisations. The many visitors she had were always made welcome and pressed to stay for a meal.
When both Jenny’s sight and hearing were failing in later life, her family vividly remembers one of her carers asking if she ever got depressed. “Depressed?” she repeated in a puzzled voice “What have I got to be depressed about!”
Jenny’s daughter-in-law says, “Whenever Sight Support Derbyshire visited her it was an occasion to savour and you always managed to think of something that we were unaware of to make her life a little easier. Thank you.”
With grateful thanks to the family and friends of the late Jenny Chappell who donated to Sight Support Derbyshire in her memory.
In Memory of Basil (Bas) Clarricoates
25th June 1923 – 10th December 2014
Basil was a very positive, happy and caring gentleman, who always thought about others and had a great sense of humour. He was a marine superintendent engineer before his retirement.
Basil wanted to give back to Sight Support Derbyshire for the help he received.
With grateful thanks to the late Basil Clarricoates for his kind legacy gift to Sight Support Derbyshire and to all the family and friends who donated in his memory.
In Memory of Nancie Margaret Derbyshire
21st July 1923 – 11th September 2015
Nancie was a wonderful, friendly, outgoing mum, grandmother and great grandmother. She was always cheerful, considering the difficulties her sight loss caused. Her cup was always half full.
Nancie lived with her daughter for 3 years, who looked after her. When Nancie was unable to leave the house she would answer the telephone for them, enjoying her role as “receptionist”, always enjoying a chat with family and friends.
Nancie’s family donated to Sight Support Derbyshire at Nancie’s request, as she received many home visits providing help and support.
With grateful thanks to all the family and friends of the late Nancie Derbyshire who donated to Sight Support Derbyshire in her memory.
In Memory of Dorothy Harrison
In Memory of Mabel Hickson
1st January 1922 – 26th May 2016
Mabel was a plotter during World War II, joining up at 18 years of age despite being in a job that was exempt. During the war she got married. After the war Mabel and her husband emigrated to Canada returning to the UK 10 years later. They had a long and happy marriage of 64 years. Mabel spent her later years in Derbyshire with her daughter.
Mabel was a very interesting person, always with lots of wonderful stories to tell. She was also a very kind person and loved her family unconditionally. Mabel has left a truly wonderful legacy to her family, always setting a good example. Mabel is loved and missed every day.
Sight Support Derbyshire provided services to Mabel’s granddaughter, who also volunteers at Sight Support Derbyshire.
With grateful thanks to all the family and friends of the late Mabel Hickson who donated to Sight Support Derbyshire in her memory.
In Memory of Edna Langton
19th April 1923 – 23rd June 2015
“Edna gained so much from Sight Support Derbyshire: help, advice and friendships. Donations from Edna’s funeral were a small way of giving something back to help other people benefit the way she did.”
In Memory of Carl Iremonger
1929 – 2013
“A gentleman in every sense of the word.
Carl left a legacy in gratitude for the help he received over the years and to help others.”
With grateful thanks to the late Carl Iremonger who donated to Sight Support Derbyshire in his will.
In Memory of Margaret Mellor
1923 – 2015
Margaret was born in Barkisland, West Yorkshire on 29 September 1923 and grew up with her older brother, Doug. At the outbreak of World War 2 Margaret trained as a nurse in Halifax. She became a state registered nurse specializing in midwifery and ultimately became a theatre sister at the Jessop Hospital in Sheffield, which she was very proud of. On 25th June 1953 Margaret married her husband and moved to Bakewell where Mr Mellor owned the Quail & Mellor Outfitters. Once her daughter arrived, Margaret became a full time mother, helping out in the shop at busy times. In 1970 they moved to their family home from which they celebrated their Silver & Ruby Anniversaries and the wedding of their daughter, Jill. Sadly, Margaret’s husband passed away suddenly in 1994 leaving the family devastated. However, Margaret was determined to stay in the home she loved, and did so for the rest of her life.
Margaret loved her garden and was particularly fond of roses. Her favourite was the Lady of Shallot which was amazingly still in flower in November 2015 where she passed away. She also loved growing runner beans, courgettes and onions.
Margaret loved to travel and holidays were an important part of her married life. She travelled extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Africa, North America and the Far East. Many family holidays to the Algarve instilled a lifelong love of Portugal in Margaret’s daughter, Jill and her husband, Pete.
Margaret was always grateful that she was blessed with a healthy life. It was only in the last 5 years of her life that she suffered from Age Related Macular Degeneration which resulted in her being registered as partially sighted in 2015. Help from Sight Support Derbyshire contributed to her being able to remain in her own home which was of huge importance to her and for which she was very thankful.
With grateful thanks to all the family and friends of the late Margaret Mellor who donated to Sight Support Derbyshire in her memory.
In Memory of Margaret Morten
1918 – 2015
“Margaret valued the support given by Sight Support Derbyshire for many years.”
In Memory of Frank Walter Rose
May 1912 – May 2017
Frank went to Loscoe Road boys school and left during the 1926 General Strike, aged
14. He had to get a job working at two local collieries in Loscoe and Heanor. Frank worked there during the war, finally leaving through ill health in 1959. He then got a job at Vic Hallam Ltd, a wood products and timber buildings company, from where he retired in 1975.
Frank was a fit and clever man who played and liked cricket, football, cycling and walking, particularly in Derbyshire, which he did until he was 103! He liked gardening, reading and was good at woodwork and joinery until loss of sight prevented him doing all of these things in his latter years.
Frank was a donator and supporter of Sight Support Derbyshire because of his loss of sight. He was a regular visitor to the Resources Van when it came to Heanor market place.
Frank was a determined man and a large presence in everyone’s life who knew him or spoke to him. He will be greatly missed after a long life.
With grateful thanks to all the family and friends of the late Frank Walter Rose who donated to Sight Support Derbyshire in his memory.
In Memory of Dennis Clement Saxelby
28th June 1926 – 19th July 2014
Dennis was a wonderful, kind and gentle person with a delightful sense of humour. He lived a very full and active life until he became unwell in his twilight years. His philosophy was always “As one door closes another one opens”.
Dennis was an only child, born to Elsie Lillian and Francis Bernard Saxelby. He was only 8 years old when he tragically lost his mum to cancer and then at the age of 29 years he also lost his father to atherosclerosis.
He was an electrical engineer at Leys Malleable Castings from the age of 16, as an apprentice, until the age of 57 when redundancy took place. Dennis was married to Hazel for 67 years.
Dennis suffered with eye problems since a tumour was removed from his left eye over 20 years ago. Sight Support Derbyshire assisted Dennis with various aids in his later years, which was invaluable.
With grateful thanks to all the family and friends of the late Dennis Saxelby who donated to Sight Support Derbyshire in his memory.
In Memory of Judith Selena Taylor
1935 – 2016
Despite losing her sight at the age of one as a result of measles, Judy attended mainstream school until the age
of nine. She then attended Bristol Royal School before passing a scholarship for Chorleywood College, a grammar school for girls with little or no sight.
Although no other blind person had been accepted at a teacher training college at that time, Judy was determined to teach. Supported by her headmistress, Judy obtained a place at St Gabriel’s Teacher Training College in London.
After qualifying as a teacher she taught in a secondary school for girls in Rugby for three years. From there she moved to The Parks County Secondary School in Belper, where she taught for 12 years before leaving to have her first child.
She returned to teaching, holding a number of posts and qualifying to teach students with visual impairments and also learning difficulties. In1987 she was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to blind people in Derbyshire.
In 1991 Judy became Fundraising Manager for the East Midlands Guide Dogs for the Blind, covering Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
After her retirement, Judy became a trustee for Sight Support Derbyshire and remained so until she sadly passed away. She also became involved with fundraising, for example organising a coffee morning (photo right). In addition, Judy was instrumental in setting up a lunch club in Duffield for local visually impaired people – an opportunity for people to come together to give and receive mutual support. In Sight Support Derbyshire’s Centenary Year Judy was involved in the ‘100 Years and Still Serving’ project, exploring the joint heritage of Sight Support Derbyshire and the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1. As part of this she read World War 1 poetry to the participants (photo above).
Judy did so much during her life to help others with a visual impairment and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
In Memory of Matthew (Matt) Taylor
1915 – 2011
Matt was born in Wigan, the son of a coalminer. He did well at school and then obtained employment alongside studying for
a Chemistry degree. During this time Matt discovered he was colourblind, so he had to change jobs and obtained employment as a Chemistry lecturer at Trent Polytechnic (now Nottingham Trent University).
As he aged Matt developed problems with his eyesight and was diagnosed with glaucoma and macular degeneration. Many of his positive experiences and special memories were associated with the help he received from Derbyshire Association for the Blind (as Sight Support Derbyshire was then known). As Matt’s sight deteriorated he missed reading and Sight Support Derbyshire helped him access Talking Books, which proved a life-line to him.
He also received support from volunteers who helped him arrange holidays and accompanied him to provide support while he was away.
It is because of the invaluable support he received that Matt chose to nominate Sight Support Derbyshire for a donation from his will.
The photo shows Matt with his wife Phyllis and their first grandchild.
With grateful thanks to the late Matt Taylor who donated to Sight Support Derbyshire in his Will.
In Memory of June Yates
“Having been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, Sight Support Derbyshire supported her throughout and made her journey more tolerable. Thank you.”
With grateful thanks to all the family and friends of the late June Yates who donated to Sight Support Derbyshire in her memory.