Search

Romford Girl Guide enthusiast killed by Motor Neurone Disease to be remembered

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 May 2014

Carol Thornton sadly passed away in April. Picture: Olive Buckley

Carol Thornton sadly passed away in April. Picture: Olive Buckley

Archant

A Guiding enthusiast and community champion who died from motor neurone disease (MND) 18 months after being diagnosed with the illness will be remembered in a charity walk.

Carol Thornton, 71, a member of senior Guide group, the Romford Trefoil Guild, was immobilised in the wake of the incurable muscle-wasting condition and could only talk using a computer.

Trefoil members will pay tribute to their friend by taking a fundraising walk on Southend Pier on Monday, the cash from which will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Many group members, whose average age is 75, will need sticks or walking aids to complete the 1.3-mile Walk & Talk for Carol event.

They will be joined by members of the Hornchurch and Essex West guilds, representatives of Voluntary Care Romford, of which Carol was chairman, and the Collier Row Methodist Church.

Olive Wenborn, of the Romford Trefoil Guild, said: “Carol loved outdoor activities and her hobbies included seriously long walks, including completing the circuit of the M25, walking ‘The London Loop’.”

However, this stopped when Carol, who had been a Guide since she was 11 and carried the Union Flag for the association during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, developed weakness in her legs.

It was the first signs of the illness that gradually undermined all movements in her body.

“Carol met this challenge stoically,” said Olive.

“She enthusiastically tried to adapt and continue to try to keep up her many commitments in the community for as long as possible.

“As a Guide, she thought she knew all about challenges, but for this test she needed the support of her many friends.”

Carol previously said of Guiding: “It gave me confidence and the ability to think for myself. That has helped me to achieve much in life.”

The retired maths teacher and governor of Clockhouse Junior School in Collier Row, died on April 5.

To donate go to justgiving.com/Romford-Trefoil-Guild.

Read more:

Romford girl guides celebrate top badge award

“Brave” Upminster rector succumbs to Motor Neurone Disease

‘No one, least of all God, has been unfair to me’: Blogging rector leads parish despite terminal disease

Latest Romford News Stories

As families gather around their sofas to watch this year’s Children in Need, a hospice wishes to say thank you to the charity for all of its support over the years.

A 20-year-old Romford man had been frightened for his life and acting in self-defence when he stabbed Hosam Eisa to death at The Brewery, a court heard.

The Romford greyhound stadium will once again be opened tonight, after failing a fire safety exercise which forced them to close this week.

Model train enthusiasts were in for a treat as an annual exhibition once again celebrated the joys of the hobby.

Essex Freemasons have donated thousands of pounds to hospices serving Havering as part of a £450,000 national drive to support community services.

Havering Mind has been shortlisted for Aviva Community Funding, and is now asking for residents help to ensure it benefits from some of the money.

Road closures have been put in place while police investigate a suspected hit-and-run in Romford in the early hours of November 17.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now