A Very Special Lady

It is with the deepest sadness, that we advise our dear friend and staunch supporter, Gillian Courtney has passed away. Gillian was an amazing advocate and supporter of Serennu Children’s Centre and made a unique contribution to Sparkle, and in particular to the families that we are privileged to serve. You may often have seen Gill on your visit to Serennu because she acted as a meet and greet representative for everybody arriving at reception. Her boundless enthusiasm, and willingness to take on any task that was necessary, was an inspiration to us all. Whether it was addressing envelopes, delivering collection boxes, making up raffle prizes, she gave every job 100%, and did so with a genuine passion to help support, assist and help families. It was wonderful to see the children and young people engaging with Gill when they arrived, and Gill even learnt some sign language so that she could communicate better with those who were less verbal. Gill made a huge difference to the lives of children, and their families, often when she herself was experiencing some dark days. Gill will always be remembered for her warmth, caring, kindness and generous spirit, and her spirit lives on at Serennu.