Bexhill family’s bid for memorial bench in memory of well-loved lollipop lady

The family of a Bexhill woman, who worked over many years to raise money for the area’s air ambulance service, are hoping to get a memorial bench in her honour installed in town.

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 1:15 pm
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Pauline Forward, who died last year, was also a lollipop lady, helping children from St Mary Magdalene’s Catholic Primary School for more than 30 years.

Her son-in-law, Andy Lawes, said: “She was a prolific fundraiser for Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex and in her time raised many thousands of pounds for the charity that was dear to her heart.

“This was just one of many charities Pauline supported, others being Brown Bread Horse Rescue, St Michael’s Hospice and Jack Jeffries Superhero Trust.

“She loved her classic MG and belonged to Bexhill 100 Motor Club, and would help at Bexhill 100 Classic Car Show held annually at the Polegrove, raising by running the monthly raffle.

“Not content with that, she was very much into helping out and was a committee member of the Bexhill Horse Show and would get local businesses to sponsor classes to raise money for charities. These two shows were a highlight on the Bexhill calendar.

“She touched the lives of so many people.

“Many generations remember Pauline as a school crossing lollipop lady, helping children for more than 30 years at St Mary Magdalene’s Catholic Primary School.

“To commemorate Pauline’s dedication to her charity work, her family are trying to get a memorial bench erected near the school she loved working for.”

Pauline died aged 78 on September 27 last year after a short illness.

To mark the first anniversary of her passing, everyone who knew her were encouraged to light a candle in her memory on Sunday.

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