Peggy Freeman: your tributes
Tributes to Peggy Freeman MBE, who sadly passed away on 15 September 2012, following a short illness. Peggy was one of the parents who co-founded the National Deafblind and Rubella Association in 1955, the organisation which later became the charity Sense.
Sheila Anderson (nee Witt)
I have known Peggy for many years since about 1954 because my late mother also had rubella got together with Peggy and a few other mothers and they foundered the National Deaf Blind Association. I also got to know her family as Bunty is the youngest. Peggy has done an amazing job in helping deafblind people because of her experience of her deafblind daughter. I am so pleased Bunty is settled in a Sense home in Birmingham for the rest of her life which is peace of mind for the family.
Geoffrey Atieli, Regional Director, Sense International East Africa
Cristiana Salomie and Team, Regional Director, Sense International Romania
Akhil Paul, Regional Director, Sense International India
Marie Langford Whitfield, Deputy Manager Grove Road, Birmingham
Jo Reilly Marie
Please send our recognition to her children for the lovely, commitment, strong woman that was her mom.
Bhushan Punani, Executive Director, Blind People's Association
Duncan Tannahill, Trustee of Sense and Sense Scotland
Pamela Ryan, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA
Koh Poh Kwang, Principal of Lighthouse School, Singapore
Although I did not have the opportunity to meet this wonderful lady, Mrs Peggy Freeman, in person, I'm full of praise for her great initiative in helping to found the National Deafblind & Rubella Association, which has grown into a huge charity, Sense. So, over these 57 years, she must have made great sacrifices and contributions to what Sense is today. With Sense having an important place on our world map making remarkable contributions to the welfare and education of our deafblind friends, great credit is due to her, on whom she was conferred the title MBE, which is a prestigious award in recognition of her commendable contributions. I take my hat off & salute her for all that she had done throughout the prime of her life.
Gillian Wood, Sense Trustee
I had the very great privilege of meeting Peggy on several occasions and was deeply honoured to be nominated by her for my return to Council. One occasion we met was a European family conference in Kosice, Slovakia and it was only then that I realised the wider impact Peggy had made on the deafblind world – she was referred to as ‘The Grandmother’ of deafblind people. A remarkable lady!
Stan Munroe, DbI Information Officer, Canadian Deafblind Association
Marylin Kilsby, member of Sense HSI UK
Ginny Matthew, Sense Children's Specialist Services
I was lucky enough to have met Peggy once when she visited the Manor House where I worked, not that long ago.
As we were introduced she was surprised that I knew who she was and when I mentioned how much her books had taught me she was equally surprised that anyone was still reading them; she didn’t seem to think she’d done anything exceptional at all.
Unfortunately it was a very brief visit as she had a busy schedule so I didn’t have the chance to chat for long. She will be an impossible act to follow but such an inspiring lady.
I had the pleasure of meeting Peggy when I began supporting Bunty in 2003. She was such a lovely woman with a vast amount of knowledge to pass on to everyone. Bunty's staff team and I were amazed how she travelled to Australia for half of the year every year into her 90's. We all really enjoyed visiting her in her home in Nottingham and seeing her face light up when she saw Bunty. Peggy would tell us of the terrible ordeals Bunty had gone through such as having needles put in her eyes by doctors to let the light in as in those days CRS was not understood by the medical sector. Bunty always knew her mother as they wore the same brooch and felt them when they met (and Peggy had a VAST amount of cake for Bunty to try!) Many a great time had by all. Peggy will be sorely missed and so will Bunty by her Birmingham staff team now she is living in Norfolk:-)
First published: Wednesday 26 September 2012
Updated: Thursday 28 July 2016