Thursday, January 05, 2017

Jill Saward RIP

Jill Saward, a very courageous woman who campaigned to help victims of sexual violence, has died at the age of 51.

Her family issued the following statement:

“It is with deep shock and great sadness that we must announce that Jill Saward (Jill Drake) died this morning in New Cross hospital, Wolverhampton, following a subarachnoid haemorrhage on Tuesday. She was 51 years old. In consultation with medical staff, the family readily agreed to Jill’s desire to be an organ donor.

“Jill dedicated the past 30 years of her life to helping other people. It gives us great comfort to know that our wonderful wife, mother and sister was able to help other people to the very end. We would like to thank all those who contributed to her medical care in recent days. We are also so very grateful for the many expressions of prayer, love and support we have received.”

I cannot find a better way to describe her than to quote the words of Arun Arora, the Church of England’s director of communications:

“Jill was a truly brave woman who campaigned tirelessly on behalf of victims of sexual violence. Her courage, fortitude and commitment made her an outstanding campaigner as well as a loyal friend to many. She was much loved and respected and will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched.”

Rest in Peace.

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