Posted on Monday 8 February 2021

in News

CLIC Sargent pays tribute to Honorary President Daphne Pullen OBE

Last month we heard the sad news that Daphne Pullen OBE, CLIC Sargent’s Honorary President had passed away. 

A lounge at Jean's House in Southampton was named after Daphne

Daphne, who dedicated over 35 years to working and volunteering in the charity sector, first joined CLIC Sargent as Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2006. Throughout her time at CLIC Sargent what was most important to her was hearing the voices of the young people and families we supported.

She remained as Chair for eight years and, in that time, she successfully led the newly merged charity, not only in terms of growth, doubling their income, but also coming together as one team so we could reaching more children and then young people with cancer. In 2014, Daphne stood down from her role as Chair but, due to the incredible support she had provided over the years and in recognition of her dedication, she was given the role of Honorary President. 

Daphne supported many organisations across the charity sector. She held the position of National Chair of Samaritans, led Victim Support in Hertfordshire and was a Trustee and chair of YMCA in Hertfordshire. She also held the position of Chair for Age UK Wiltshire. 

In 2013, Daphne was awarded an OBE for her services to the charity sector.  

Daphne was passionate about making sure young people had the support they needed after receiving a cancer diagnosis, and that they felt as comfortable as possible. That’s why, last Summer, we named a lounge for teenagers and young adults at one of our Homes from Home after Daphne. The lounge is in Jean’s House in Southampton, one of our ten Homes from Home across the UK which offers families a free place to stay near the hospital. The room was named after Daphne to represent her dedication to helping young people with cancer. 

Rachel Kirby-Rider, Chief Executive of CLIC Sargent said: “We were all very sad to hear of the passing of Daphne, who was an incredible support to both CLIC Sargent and the young people and families we support. 

“Daphne was instrumental in making sure CLIC Sargent’s support grew and grew, by doubling our fundraising year on year and making sure young people with cancer were able to get the support they needed. We were delighted to name one of the rooms in our Southampton Home from Home after Daphne, as a recognition for how much she did to help young people with cancer over the years. 

“Her passion and dedication for the charity will be missed. We were very proud to recognise Daphne’s support with the role of Honorary President and we know, after 35 years in the charity sector, that her legacy will continue to live on.” 


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