Search

Romford pensioners fulfil pledge to dying friend

11:32 28 May 2014

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

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

Archant

Elderly and infirm friends and supporters of a Guiding stalwart, who died from motor neurone disease, recently fulfilled a promise made to the community hero before she died.

“Good citizen’ Carol Thornton had spent more than 50 years dedicated to the Girl Guides - achieving the organisation’s highest honour, the Queen’s Guide Award, as a teen - when she died, aged 70, of the degenerative muscle-wasting illness.

To remember her, nearly 40 women, most of them pensioners, took part in a sponsored charity walk on South End Pier, Essex, earlier this month, with all cash raised going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

It was organised by the Romford Trefoil Guild, the senior non-uniformed section of the Guides, of which Carol was a member.

“In common with her fellow members, Carol attributed many of her achievements in life to Guide training,” said guild chairman Olive Wenborn. “Carol served Romford’s community really well, becoming one of Baden-Powell’s ‘Good Citizens’!”

Alongside her Guiding work, retired maths teacher Carol was also chairman of the voluntary community neighbourly assistance organisation, Voluntary Care Romford, and sat on the board of governors for Clockhouse Primary School, in Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row.

She was also an active lay member of Collier Row Methodist Church, also in Clockhouse Lane.

“Guild members made a promise to Carol to raise money to help others who might suffer MND and when we appealed to other trefoil guilds throughout Essex West we had an amazing response,” said Olive. “Most of our 39 lady-walkers were pensioners and many more than 80 years of age - the eldest lady aged 93. All walked the length of the pier.”

The group has so far collected £1,500, but hope to reach its £2,000 target.

A further £130 was raised by the Collier Row Guides.

Before she died, Carol had been immobilised in the wake of her condition and could only talk using a computer.

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

Read more:

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

Girlguiding could be ‘closed down in Havering’ due to council funding cut - district commissioner

Guiding the way: Upminster woman gets top award


0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 17:51
A crowded 8.17am train from Upminster to Fenchurch Street

Furious commuters have taken a stand against proposed train timetable changes that will see their journeys become longer but their chances of getting a seat slashed.

Yesterday, 12:00
Jean Challis, age79 from Elm Park, was named as the Romford Carnival Queen 50 years ago this year.

A pensioner who was given the royal treatment when she was crowned Romford Carnival Queen almost half a century on, has taken a trip down memory lane.

Yesterday, 11:53
Victoria Winterford (front) saw off seven others to win

A Hornchurch dancer has overcome her confidence issues to be crowned Miss Universe Essex in her first pageant appearance.

Yesterday, 07:47
A Greater Anglia train at Ilford train Station.

Services are almost back up to speed for Greater Anglia following cancellations this morning however there are still some disruptions.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder

Among the charitable causes the prince hopes to champion are wildlife conservation and justice for injured service personnel.

Although Farage may not have mentioned the fascist pre-conference entertainment, his speech showed he’s very aware of his party’s image.

Leonard Nimoy is currently dominating six of the top trend slots on Twitter. His fans, friends and co-stars should be proud.