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.