It is with deep sadness that we have learnt of the recent death, at age 93, of Countess Mountbatten of Burma, President of The Compassionate Friends in the UK. Countess Mountbatten was a passionate and loyal supporter of our charity. We will miss her enormously, and warmly thank her for her compassion and care for bereaved parents and their families over the many years she has been a Patron and President of our charity.
The Countess lost her fourteen year old son, Nicholas, in a terrorist attack in 1979. Her father, her mother-in-law and fifteen year old family friend Paul Maxwell were also killed in the attack. She, her husband, and their son Timothy Knatchbull (who is a Patron of The Compassionate Friends representing bereaved siblings) were injured but survived the attack. For more than 30 years she used her experience of the loss of her son to help other bereaved parents, through her support of The Compassionate Friends.
Our Chair of Trustees, Maria Ahern, commented "I didn't have the honour to meet the Countess, but I have spoken to others in our organisation who did and they spoke warmly of her compassion and her dedication to helping the bereaved. She was by all accounts, an inspiring lady and she will be missed by our organisation. Thank you Countess for all the help that you gave us."
The family have asked for donations in memory of the Countess to be made to The Compassionate Friends. Make a donation.
Our thoughts at The Compassionate Friends are with the family and friends of the Countess.
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If you wish to leave a comment here please feel free to do so, and if you have messages of condolence to send to the family please forward them to our national office at The Compassionate Friends, 14 New King Street, Deptford, London SE8 3HS or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have met the Countess or heard her speak, and feel able to write something, please do let us know and send in your contributions by mid-July 2017 latest. We would like honour and celebrate the Countess's support for The Compassionate Friends in the next edition of our charity newsletter, TCF News.