This page is in dedication to our Grandmas – the women in our lives that have loved, supported, moulded and advised us. If it were not for these ladies we may never have started this charity in the first place and we would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you and let them know that we miss them.
Missionary Hermitt 1924 – 1989 Eula Hermitt came to the United Kingdom from Jamaica, St Catherine in the 50s and made her home in London where she worked as a nurse. It was in her retirement that she became fondly known as Missionary Hermitt due not only to the help and good advice she would impart to others but also for the charity work she undertook. She was a member of many Churches, most notably, Cambridge Heath Road Missionary Church in East London where she raised funds on behalf of the charities it supported. Eula can be fondly remembered with her bible in one hand and her hymn book in another and loved to sing her hymns as she played her electric organ for all to hear! She was the member of the family who looked after others and was especially loved by her children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters.
Mrs Broadhead 1908 – 2000 Based for most of her life in Ripon, Hilda Broadhead was the business woman, accountant and artist of the Broadhead family who had an unmistakable love for her paintings, handbags, shoes and hats! As either a single woman or working mother and wife, Hilda could lend her hand to almost anything she put her mind to and had a variety of jobs to prove it. From office accountant, to running her own shops and even farm hand (when she married her farmer husband) Hilda had an entrepreneurial spirit that could not be tamed. Her real passion however, was her appreciation for the finer things and her love of art and antiques was undeniable for all to see when entering her beautiful turned out home. After her retirement, she would spend hours painting landscapes, architecture and still life and then give the finished pieces away to her friends and family as well as to the charity shop she volunteered at. Always perfectly turned out, Hilda was the one who brought a touch of class to any occasion.
Mrs Bhogal 1929 – 2008 When Amarjeet Bhogal came to the UK with her husband she spoke not one word of English. When she was widowed some years later she still spoke no English yet was now responsible for bringing up her four children single-handedly. Instead of taking the easy route and going back to India she decided to stay and despite the challenges faced, made the best out of a bad situation and persevered. Now she is not only considered by Mindy as a second Mother due to her big heart, unconditional love and sense of humour, but is also known as being the very first Asian woman to open a shop in Leeds. In her 35 years of trading she had a total of three shops on Chapeltown Road which dealt in fine fabrics and haberdashery. Her shops are fondly remembered, especially her latest one which cornered Back Newton Grove and became a centre point for the Sikh community to buy material for their saris. Much loved by her family, friends and the Sikh community Amerjeet is sorely missed.
Mrs Duxberry 1923 – 2010 Mabel Duxberry, although not a grandma by blood, acted as a surrogate grandma to Ann Marie when both of hers had passed. Her advice and enthusiasm for the development of the LinKenya charity was insurmountable and stemmed from the vast amount of charities she supported throughout her life. Her enthusiasm for charitable endeavours began at an early age, due in part to her father who was a member of the boy scouts movement. Just before her 5th Birthday, she visited the International jamboree at Birkenhead where she met representative scouts from all around the world and of every colour and creed. A teacher for the majority of her working life, in the 50s Mable began teaching a domestic science evening class for ladies of Indian and West Indian decent. As new arrivals in to the country, the classes aimed to familiarise the students with unfamiliar British food and how to prepare and cook it. Mable was a loving wife, mother and known in the Alwoodley community for her generous nature and friendly spirit. Her happy go lucky attitude and willingness to help made the lives of others just that little bit brighter!