The combination of almoner
service and regular masses gave the 'patients their chance of rehabilitation'.
20) In 1937, Norma Parker commented that if she accepted an almoner
position at Wellington Hospital, New Zealand she would 'be leaving the field clear' to non-Catholic social workers at a time when there were no Catholic qualified social workers in Sydney, except Eileen Davidson.
For the past 13 years, Yorkshire-based Bartlett, 60, has been responsible for a vast region - stretching from Nottingham to Glasgow - in her role as northern almoner
and formed close friendships with a number of the beneficiaries she has assisted.
Newmarket-based Oxley, who worked alongside Hilary Kerr and Sue Mills as IJF almoners
, was a regular visitor to Sharon Murgatroyd, who was in on the secret when a group of those she had helped organised a surprise retirement party.
At last month's meeting of the IJF Committee and Almoners
decisions were made and action taken in respect of no less than 34 men and eight women who are beneficiaries in one way or another of this literally life-enhancing fund.
She has agreed to occupy the seat normally occupied by former York boss John Smith when the committee meets IJF almoners
to review current cases.
Kate O'Neill, one of our northern almoners
, has since then provided care and support to Tessa.
In 40 years of fundraising, the IJF has helped more than 1,000 jockeys and their dependents, of whom 800 are on the books today, receiving assistance that ranges from help with a mortgage or a state-of-the-art wheelchair to a home visit and friendly advice from one of eight almoners
When you do, you realise just what a job chief executive Jeremy Richardson and the IJF almoners
have done over the years.
Jockeys past and present joined the princess - who succeeded the Queen Mother as the IJF's patron - along with trustees, almoners
Helen Fairburn will take over her role as one of the IJF's two northern almoners
- Elaine Wiles is the other - when Sarah stands down early next month.
holiday for the almoners
, who work so hard, but their unstinting efforts ensured that everybody else had a great time.
Seldom still for more than 30 seconds, she plays a blinder from start to finish, along with fellow almoners
Sarah York and Serena Oxley, who is retiring from her Newmarket beat after 17 years.