Remembering Tessa Jowell, Honorary President of Link Age Southwark

It was with great sadness that we heard that Tessa Jowell, our Patron and then President for over 20 years, has died. She showed such characteristic fortitude during her illness and we will miss her greatly.

She was firm friends with Ted Salmon, our other Honorary President, and founder of Dulwich Helpline (which later became Link Age Southwark).

Tessa attended and spoke at many of our Annual General Meetings and gave a particularly moving speech on the occasion of our charity’s 20th birthday in 2013. She referenced her relationship with her own elderly mother and showed such empathy for what Link Age Southwark is all about: connecting people, building relationships and reintergrating older people with their local communities. Those of us who were there will always remember her words. She also generously donated some of the speaking fees from events where she was offered them and we always felt that she held us in her thoughts.

Rest in Peace, Tessa, and thank you for your support over so many years.