A charity’s annual walk will hold a very special meaning for its members this year as they remember one of their most cherished volunteers.
This year, the Bridlington branch of the RSPCA will embark on their annual sponsored trek from The Ship Inn at Sewerby, to Bridlington Harbour and back again, to raise money for a memorial to the late volunteer Nancy Lindop.
The Bridlington branch said: “We want to do something for Nancy’s memory, but we’re not sure what yet. We want it to be something permanent, something that will last forever.”
Nancy passed away just one day short of her 94th birthday, and had volunteered for the RSPCA for nearly 32 years since retiring at the age of 62 in 1984.
“All the volunteers at the Bridlington branch held Nancy in the highest regard.
“She was a lovely lady and did out walk every year, even though she didn’t have a dog.
“She even did it last year when she was 93. She told us then that she may not be able to do it next year.”
Nancy was born in Guilford on May 17 1921, and moved regularly throughout her childhood due to her father’s work as a railway clerk.
She went on to train as a shorthand typist at Pitmans School, and during the war, worked at the Ministry of Supply as a shorthand typist in Manchester.
When World War Two ended, Nancy and her husband Ronald relocated to Normanton, where Nancy worked as a secretary.
But they soon found themselves on the move once again, after Ronald secured a job as a probation officer in Beverley. They finally settled in Bridlington, where Nancy worked part time for the Harbour Commissioners before retirement.
The Bridlington branch added: “Nancy was a regular on the RSPCA sponsored dog walk, and in her 89th year it was pointed out to her that she was the oldest supported walking the oldest dog, this brought a big smile to her face.
“She was a lovely lady and a brilliant supporter and volunteer. We will miss her terribly.”
The sponsored walk will be held on October 4 and will raise money for Nancy’s memorial. For more information call the RSPCA shop on 01262 679038.