Memories of

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Dorothy Runnicles

Dorothy Runnicles sadly passed away at the end of June 2021 at home surrounded by family and friends.

In her role as NDTi Ambassador, Dorothy often talked about us as pioneers, yet she was the truest pioneer of us all. Her insight, personal experiences, knowledge and humour set her apart as a unique changemaker in society, making lives better through her strong voice and commitment to inclusion.

As mentioned in her talking change interview with NDTi in 2018, Dorothy often spoke of the need for “a good life and a good end”.  As an active NDTi ambassador at the age of 96, she was an inspiration to us all.

We invite you to share your favourite memories and reflections here. Whilst we miss her terribly, her legacy and her life are to be celebrated as she will always be one of the NDTi family.
Book Owner: Drew Edwards
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Lynn Kirby (nee Lambert)

I met Dorothy in approx 1985/86 when we did some voluntary research work together for the CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group). We lived close to each other in South Woodford, where she lived at the time with her husband Peter, and her mother was close by. I visited her amazing mother as well on …

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Jane Minter

I first met Dorothy at a Fabian Society event which I arranged as part of a series commissioned by Housing 21 and Counsel and Care (now Independent Age) on the situation of older people in society. The event was about housing and care and it was suggested that I approach Dorothy to speak. I …

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Barry

I will always remember the first and only time I met Dorothy. We were at an NDTi away day. I felt an instant connection and her presence was encapsulating. In those moments I recall feeling safe, inspired and peaceful and Dorothy supported my need for connection, ease, self expression and a shared understanding. We …

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Sue Turner

I met Dorothy shortly after I joined NDTi and was so impressed with her energy and positive outlook on life. For me, she was very  much part of NDTi and a strong presence at our meetings. She will be a great loss to the organisation. When I heard her talk, it also reminded me …

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Drew Edwards

There are so many things that I remember about Dorothy, but I’ll always treasure seeing her in action at one of the early CLS gatherings (possibly even the first), a room full of CLS members hanging on her every word. Feeling what we all felt when we were lucky enough to chat to her …

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