In memory of Jill Saward

Jill Saward died on 5 January 2017 following a subarachnoid haemorrhage. Her funeral was held at Lichfield Cathedral on 17 January 2017.

People who wish to make a donation in memory of Jill, are invited by her family to consider supporting one of three charities that were very close to Jill’s heart:

  • Cambrian Coast Evangelical Trust (Nefyn Beach Mission)
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    Jill has been involved in the Nefyn Beach Mission in North Wales since she was a teenager – firstly as a team member and in later life as a supporter of the mission.Jill was well known in Nefyn – both with the beach mission family and also with many of the people who live in the town. Although only a visitor, it was in Nefyn that Jill felt most at home.

    The beach mission is run through Scripture Union; and supported by CCET. Amongst its activities, CCET owns and maintains Pendorlan, the house in Nefyn which is used as the base for the beach mission; as well as two houses in nearby Abersoch.

  • Ehlers-Danlos Support UK
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    For the past eight-years or so of her life, Jill was suffering from acute pain and fatigue caused by complications from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic condition related to the body’s use of collagen.

    Jill had received support and guidance from Ehlers-Danlos Support UK, and was also supporting them – most recently through the Christmas Tree Festival at St Luke’s Church in Cannock.

  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (Merseyside)
    Click here to make a donation online

    Outside of her family and friends, Jill was most known for her personal support for victims of rape and sexual violence; and her campaigning and advocacy work in this area. There are many good national, regional and local charities working to support victims.

    If you wish to make a donation in Jill’s memory to this area of work, the family invite you to support RASA (Merseyside). Jill was born in Liverpool and lived in the city for the first two-years of her life. Liverpool provided temporary sanctuary at one of the times she felt most vulnerable. And she supported this centre when it had a sudden funding cut.

Statement from the family of Jill Saward
5 January 2017

It is with deep shock and great sadness that we must announce that Jill Saward (Jill Drake) died this morning in New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, following a subarachnoid haemorrhage on Tuesday. She was 51 years old.

In consultation with medical staff, the family readily agreed to Jill’s desire to be an organ donor.

Jill dedicated the past 30 years of her life to helping other people. It gives us great comfort to know that our wonderful wife, mother and sister was able to help other people to the very end. We would like to thank all those who contributed to her medical care in recent days.

We are also so very grateful for the many expressions of prayer, love and support we have received.

At this stage we would appreciate space and time to come to terms with what has happened.

Gavin, Myles, Rory, Fergus, Rachel, Joe, Sue.