Story 53

Setting horizons

As an Almoner, I accompanied Frances Jeram on her first visit to Le Court in 1949, where we had lunch with Leonard Cheshire. I later made a second visit, with my future husband, a business man.

June Beslievre and Margaret Chadd

Those two lunchtime meetings with Leonard left me feeling I’d met a man of vision and we became firm friends. I went to live in Suffolk when I married and the last time I saw him was in 1988 when taking a Cruse outing to Cavendish.

When we arrived I asked in the office if Leonard was in residence. Yes, he was, and he took time out to be with me. We spent a lovely hour sitting in the garden there, reminiscing and remembering the years gone by, back to 1949 when we had first met and all that had happened since. Thus it was I came to say ‘goodbye’ forty years on from our first meeting.

I was deeply saddened when he died. He’d been too ill to attend a charity function the year before and I had so looked forward to seeing him again. Along with my other dear friend, Dame Cecily Saunders, the founder of the Hospice movement, I always quote these two people as those who helped me set my own horizons in life.

We spent a lovely hour sitting in the garden there, reminiscing and remembering the years gone by.