Cycle For Life 2017 to be held in Memory of CSF Founder
It was with great sadness that the network of volunteers and supporters of CSF across France heard about the death of Linda last month, following her own battle with cancer. Linda founded the charity in 2002 in Poitou Charente after she had been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, having recently moved to France.
While receiving extensive treatment Linda found that she needed to talk to someone about her fears and worries in her mother tongue and decided that if she felt this need, others must too. Through her French doctor Prof Alain Daban, who was at that time head of the radiotherapy department at CHU Poitiers, she became aware of the need for a support group for the growing number of Anglophone cancer patients. Over the subsequent years it was through her vision, hard work and dedication that CSF was born and has been nurtured to become the hugely successful charity it is today – helping more than 2,000 people touched by cancer and being there ready to offer practical and emotional support to those in need across the country.
CSF National President Penny Parkinson said: “Her tireless support and the example of how she lived her own life is an inspiration to us all. Her legacy is that the organisation she created is now helping Anglophone people touched by cancer across a large part of France.”
Linda guided CSF for many years as its President, but even after stepping down in 2014 she remained a committed and active supporter and mentor for those who have continued to guide CSF to becoming the 15 associations across the country. Linda’s huge contribution to life for British residents in France was recognised twice in 2014, once by an invitation to a garden party at the British Residence to mark the Queen’s official birthday and then to attend a State Banquet at the Elysée Palace on June 6th at the invitation of the French President, both of which reflected quite how much she achieved over her years with CSF.
Sue Ware, President of her local group, Cancer Support Haute-Vienne remembers her as an amazing lady who worked tirelessly for the group: “Linda had enormous compassion, a true sense of faith and will be deeply missed as a friend, as our trainer and guide.”
This year the Cycle for Life will be held in Linda’s memory to remind us all of her wonderful and selfless work and to celebrate with joy everything that she achieved.
“Her wisdom and kindness, her ever ready ear to listen, her dedication and commitment and the CSF legacy she leaves will bring some comfort.”