Remembering with thanks

At Church Army we are incredibly grateful for each and every one of our supporters, for those that partner with us, pray for us, support us financially and remember us in their Wills.

At our offices in Sheffield we have a Book of Remembrance where we include a photograph and details of those who have left us gifts in their Wills and those where money has been donated in their memory, as a reminder of those who have faithfully supported Church Army and so we can give thanks for their lives.

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The late Alma Jean Austin

1 July 1921-26 September 2015
Although Alma’s official name was Alma she never really liked it and went by the name of Jean. Due to her parents’ poor health at the age of 11, Jean moved to live with hr grandparents in Freshville, Derbyshire, now part of Sheffield. On leaving school Jean went to work for the Civil Service, firstly working in the Department of Employment in London and then later returning to work for the same department in Sheffield. Jean loved outdoor activities and to travel. At the age of 61, Jean married Frederick Austin. Frederick was a widower with twin daughters. Jean and Fred set up home together in Doncaster and were actively involved in church life there. Fred sadly passed away 7 months after Jean. Jean very kindly remembered Church Army in her Will leaving us a very generous legacy of £1,000.


The late Florence Lines

Died: 17 September 2014
Left Church Army a gift of £2,000
Florence attended a number of churches where Church Army Sisters were part of the pastoral teams and she wanted to see the work of Church Army furthered.

Edna Charlwood  

The late Edna Charlwood

1918 - 26 September 2014
Left Church Army a gift of £8,000
Edna chose to remember Church Army in her Will because practical expressions of Christian love were central to her life. During her lifetime Edna ran bible classes and helped at Sunday School, as well as visiting older members of her church family who were unwell.

Monica Lambourne  

The late Monica Lambourne

1918 - 8 May 2014
Left Church Army a gift of £500
In the late 1930s Monica spent some time in a London hospital with a leg problem and then went to Church Army's Court Moor Home in Fleet, Hampshire to recuperate. Monica was a lifelong member of the Church of England and because of her personal experiences of Church Army, had always supported our work.
Winifred Dooley  

The late Winifred Dooley

Died: 14 March 2014
Left Church Army a gift of £32,800
Winifred's family remember her as a gentle and kind soul who loved animals and cared deeply about the environment. She was a dedicated Christian who taught in Sunday School and preached in her local church, St Luke's, Battersea Rise.

Ivy Fordham  

The late Ivy Jane "Jen" Fordham

20 April 1914 - 7 December 2013
Left Church Army a gift of £2,000
Jen chose to remember Church Army in her Will because her husband, who had been bought up in a small village in County Durham, was encouraged by his vicar to join Church Army. Jen's husband was renowned for playing his trumpet in the open air to encourage people to attend Church Army meetings.
Ruth Pegler  

The late Ruth Pegler

Died: 7 June 2014
Left Church Army a gift of £100
Through the various churches Ruth attended she came into contact with members of Church Army and in particular she had an interest in the work with the homeless in South Wales and London.
Mary Rogers  

The late Mary Katherine Rogers

Died: 8 March 2014
Mary’s parents worked in the workhouse institutions of West and North Yorkshire and so from an early age she felt an affinity with the homeless. Mary went on to train as a nurse and midwife, working with wounded soldiers from Dunkirk and elsewhere during the Second World War. Her nursing career took her to India were she was a sister in charge at a hospital in Dimapur, nursing soldiers of all nationalities from the conflict in Burma. Later on in life, as her children had grown up, Mary raised finance for a hostel, The Haven Mother and Baby’s Home in Sutton, Surrey, for young girls made homeless through pregnancy, where she befriended and helped many as they gave up their babies for adoption or moved on to life as single mothers. As a result of the work Mary had dedicated her life to she felt a strong connection to the work of Church Army and chose to leave us a gift of £5,000 in her Will to go to our Marylebone Project in London, working with homeless women. “Being able to give her money to some of the causes she felt drawn to reminds us of what a cheerful and loving person she was.” - Marion Gerson (Mary’s daughter).
Carolyn Kinsman, 15/10/2015