Dorothy Knightley – a sad loss
We are immensely sad to inform you of the death of Dorothy Knightley, Trustee and Secretary of WTRRP, in the early morning of Friday 26 July. Dorothy passed away in Watford General Hospital as a result of widespread cancer.
Dorothy joined us as Secretary in January 2013 and applied her unflagging energy and considerable business experience to shaping WTRRP during a period of considerable growth. As well as conducting our regular committee meetings in her efficient, no-nonsense manner, Dorothy played a major role in volunteer recruitment and management. She set out procedures and defined job descriptions to both help us get the best out of ourselves and meet our legal requirements. Her thoroughness was fundamental to our successful registration with the Charity Commission in 2015. That was Dorothy our Secretary.
“She had a soft spot for our clients’ children, taking great pride in organising the successful outings to Lee Valley White Water Centre”
Then there was Dorothy our organiser, working with the rest of us in planning and delivering our various events, outings, and parties for clients. Whether it was setting up the event, booking minibuses or buying the food, Dorothy was there with the team, helping ensure everything ran smoothly. She had a soft spot for our clients’ children, taking great pride in organising the successful outings to Lee Valley White Water Centre (which involved mountains of bureaucracy) and the parties at Edge Grove School in Aldenham.
“Everything Dorothy did, including her tireless work for the Partnership, was underpinned by, and reflected, her quiet Christian commitment.”
She was also an immensely kind and thoughtful person, often spending hours with other volunteers helping to sort out administrative complexities or providing support throughout some of the emotional roller coasters that volunteers, along with their clients, can experience.
Everything Dorothy did, including her tireless work for the Partnership, was underpinned by, and reflected, her quiet Christian commitment. She was a pillar of her local Methodist Church in Bushey and a fiercely conscientious supporter of Christian Aid and its house-to-house collection during Christian Aid Week.
But then, paradoxically, Dorothy was a private person, seldom talking about her personal life, never boasting or even mentioning her many achievements.
Dorothy, we miss you keenly. Tim Whittaker