Jonathan Dimbleby pays tribute to friend and former DCC Administrator Georgie Grindlay

 

Georgie Grindlay (1947-2014)

DimblebyIMG_3889“It is with deep sorrow that we report the death of Georgie Grindlay who had been at the heart of Dimbleby Cancer Care for almost a decade. She will be greatly missed by those who worked closely with her and those us who are proud to have been numbered among her friends. Her commitment to DCC as our administrator was unstinting. She was gifted with a range of talents for which, as trustees, we were deeply indebted. She brought to the challenge of running a small charity, a sharp intellect and an invaluable readiness to speak her mind when it mattered. She was both wise and kind. She seemed never to think of herself; her focus was always on others. She was driven by a compassion for those facing the challenge of cancer that shaped her whole approach to DCC’s task.  She will remembered with affection and gratitude by those in the teams working on the front line at Guys and St Thomas’ who were beneficiaries of her gentle but tough-minded wisdom.

In addition to administering our contribution to this vital work at the two hospitals, she played a crucial part in establishing DCC’s research arm, which provides ‘seed corn’ funding for those seeking new and better ways to support individuals living with cancer and those who care for them. Our Advisory Board of specialists in this field came to rely heavily on Georgie’s judgement as she had the responsibility for producing a short-list from some 60 or more high-calibre applications from which they would make a final selection. As they have already written to me to say, they will miss her astute and supportive contributions to their task.

When Georgie was herself diagnosed with cancer last year, she responded to the unexpected challenge with grace and courage and wry humour.  She did not neglect to be touched by the gentle irony of the fact that she now became a beneficiary of the very love and care offered by the devoted staff at DCC whose work she had helped sustain for so many years. They too mourn her departure.

Georgie was multi-talented and modest. Amongst other roles, she had been an educational specialist, magazine editor, and personal assistant before taking on her role at DCC. Her commitment to others in all these roles was matched only by her devotion to her family as long-term partner and  husband to Tony, mother to Samantha, and doting grandmother, all of whom she loved unstintingly. I know that many, many of her friends and colleagues will wish me, on their behalf, to send them our deep sympathy in their sorrowing.”

Jonathan Dimbleby, Chair Dimbleby Cancer Care.

Georgie’s family have asked that in accordance with her wishes donations in her memory should be made either to Dimbleby Cancer Care (www.dimblebycancercare.org/donate or 020 7188 7889) or St Christopher’s (www.stchristophers.org.uk/donate or 020 8768 4575).

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