A sad start to 2017 was the news that long-term centre user Janine Townsend had died at home.

Joy Rigby knew Janine for many years and shared her memories of Janine:

It was with great sadness that I heard of Janine’s death, on January 9th 2017, whilst I was at work. I have known Janine for over 10 years – ever since she started coming to the Centre.

Janine was a great volunteer, and spent many hours sorting through donations in the loft. She originally came to the Centre to meet people, and bring her son Stanley to the creche. Whenever we went on outings to the allotment or the farm Janine’s knowledge and interest in wildlife never ceased to amaze me!

However Janine’s life was not always an easy one and several years ago she had a very serious accident which she was lucky to survive. Unfortunately she suffered a brain injury which left her unable to care for her son, and he went to live with his dad.

I know that Janine was very sad that this had to happen, and I feel that things were never quite the same for her after that.She continued to come to the Centre regularly, although couldn’t volunteer as she had done – but would always bring things in she had collected along the way.

Janine was a real character – I’ll really miss her and I’m sure many others will too.

Her funeral will be on Tuesday 7th February at Eastbourne Crematorium.

Janine Townsend

6 thoughts on “Janine Townsend

  • January 23, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Really sad to hear about the loss of janine. Great fun, very intelligent and so witty. i only got to know janine after her brain injury, but i really enjoyed her company. RIP love you are home now, god bless x

  • January 23, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    The Centre was “home from home” for Janine, and she was a very much a part of my experiences of BUCFP. Her bravery in the face of physical disability was an example to all. Thanks for making distant friends aware, and helping us say private farewells, with love.

  • January 24, 2017 at 3:12 am

    R.I.P. Janine Townsend….It was an honour to have known you. I will always remember you from when we were volunteers at the brighton unemployed family centre project and St peters safehaven. You will be sadly missed by many God rest your soul. I have you to thank for huge vision and transformation in my life. You are with the angels now…right where you belong my friend.

  • January 28, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Oh Janine! I’m very sad to hear that Janine is no longer treading the Brighton boards with us. She had a witty word to add to most occasions and was a very open and friendly person. Her death is a shock and I’ll miss her.

  • February 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    While at her simple funeral, recalled my last words with Janine. Back in Dec. , sharing a quiet communion @St Peters, I was holding the wine, “Aren’t you going to tell me something?” she demanded!
    Not enough to dip her wafer in the non-alcoholic wine and retreat . . . she needed to hear: “The blood of Christ, shed for you, Janine, KEEP YOU in eternal life” – she knew the sacred vitality of Christ’s sacrifice . . .

    Thank You Jesus

  • March 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I am really saddened to hear of Janine’s passing. I always enjoyed meeting and chatting with her at the Centre and around town. I got to know Janine through the art group and enjoyed her sense of humour, generosity and good spirit. Rest in peace Janine, you will be missed.


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