Tributes to ‘special’ Pearl who died, 79

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 October 2015

Pearl Collman.

Pearl Collman.

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A ‘WONDERFUL’ woman from Worle who campaigned tirelessly for dementia support and has helped dozens of people in the area has died.

Pearl Collman died suddenly on Friday night at the age of 79.

She was known for running a weekly luncheon club at The Old Inn, in Hutton, for dementia patients and their carers for more than five years.

She also took people on Christmas retreats and helped to support families and carers.

Pearl’s husband Peter died in 2006 after suffering with dementia, but she continued to volunteer at Ebdon Court the day care centre in Trenleigh Drive, Worle, where he was treated. The centre has since closed, but Pearl completed bungee jumps and held multiple fundraisers for it.

Pam Selworthy, who managed the day centre, said: “When they were in the process of shutting the day centre she campaigned tirelessly, she was at all the council meetings.

“She did marches and protests and got petitions going, she tried to keep it open but unfortunately she lost that fight.”

Another close friend of Pearl’s, Sally McNally said it will be ‘hard to live without her’.

Sally met Pearl in 2004, when her husband Martin was diagnosed with dementia.

Sally said: “Right up until last week she went to see my husband every week in day care, she went every Saturday to see him.

“She was lovely, she was absolutely wonderful.

“She was there for everybody. She ran a luncheon club every Wednesday, she was Father Christmas every year – she would always take us to a country house, it was somewhere different each year, and dress up as Father Christmas and gave everyone a gift, not just the dementia patients, the carers too.

“Everyone is just devastated, it is going to be hard to live without her. She was one of the special people.”


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