We remember Linda Endicott (1951-2019) as a dedicated trustee who constantly reminded the Board that Blackpool Carers exists to support carers, and ensured that every conversation, at whatever level, focused on making a better life for carers. Linda was Blackpool Carers’ longest serving trustee and she was instrumental in developing support services for carers in Blackpool and influencing the way in which the charity has grown.
In the early days, Linda volunteered in the office in Norman House, getting to know the staff team and sharing her knowledge and kindness. She regularly supported our fundraising events and was always keen to help out and join in. Her attention to detail, including grammar and punctuation was second to none and I remember being chastised for sending out Board papers that included the ‘&’ character. She was also renowned for questioning acronyms during presentations, reminding us of the importance of direct and clear communication for all to make sure that everyone felt included.
In addition to her work with Blackpool Carers, she gave her time, skills and energy to many community groups in the town and was well known for her no-nonsense approach and we feel privileged that we benefitted from so much of Linda’s support.
We will miss Linda fondly for her humility and for the support she gave to those around her. In her honour, we will dedicate The Linda Endicott Award for Community Partnership in recognition of her tireless community work.
Michelle Smith, CEO