Our Honorary President, Janet, was laid to rest on Sunday 12th March, at Rosewell Church and cemetery, Rosewell village, Midlothian, Scotland.
Despite the unseasonable snowfall, there was a massive turnout....a measure of how much Janet was loved and will be missed.
|Snow on the day!|
Janet's grand nephew, Sam, enabled a live video link to the funeral so that family and friends as far afield as Australia, Norway, New Zealand and Zambia, as well as many local friends, were able to attend virtually and hear the beautiful Eulogy prepared by Janet's family and read out by the Minister who conducted the service.
Sam has since created a YouTube video so that you can still 'be there': Click here for the video
Janet's last wish was for the retiring collection to go to Friends of Chitambo, a typically thoughtful and generous gesture. Her family suggested that we put a leaflet about the charity and donations process on on the church pews before the service: Click here for the leaflet
However, the snowfall put paid to that as the Friends of Chitambo party only just arrived in time.
Even so, it seemed that the donations box was already stuffed full! And, at the post funeral tea, friends and family were queuing up to give donations and complete gift aid envelopes. We were overwhelmed by the generosity on the day and later when Janet's sister, Lindsay, paid another very generous online donation into our account. This was partly from herself and also from the Australian side of the family. We are very grateful indeed and can't thank them all enough, All told, Janet's farewell gift to Friends of Chitambo has been truly magnificent and we plan to ring fence it for further Student Nurse Training Scholarships in her name: The Janet Knox Nurse Training Scholarships.
Natotela saana mukwai (thank you) Ba Janet, we are still feeling your love.
|FoCh Trustees with Janet's youngest sister, Rhona (2nd from right)|