A GRANDMOTHER has overcome personal tragedy to devote much of her life to promoting family welfare.
Beryl Robinson, 81, has been a dedicated member and fundraiser for the Christian charity the Mothers’ Union for 27 years. During that time, she has helped to support not only British families, but also those scattered in far-flung corners of the globe.
Beryl, who lives near Greenhead Park, has organised countless fundraising activities to assist the charity, whose patron is the Queen.
She is a member of the Holy Trinity branch and has held a number of positions, including secretary of the Huddersfield Deanery Mothers’ Union and the Halifax Archdeaconry branch. She is currently secretary of the Wakefield Diocese MU marketing unit.
For years Beryl was involved in organising a crèche at Wakefield prison for the children of inmates so their families could visit. She also helps organise the food stall and free cookery book for Huddersfield University students every freshers’ week. This year she’s raising money for the Mothers’ Union to improve knowledge and life for families in Uganda.
Having overcome difficult times in her own life, the family is of great importance to this grandmother-of-four.
Beryl’s mother died when she was just eight years old. After the birth of her first daughter, Caro, and death of her father and stepmother, Beryl suffered from post natal depression.
Her second child, Angela, suffered from chronic asthma and died suddenly from an asthma attack aged just 23.
Despite these setbacks, Beryl is a staunch supporter and tireless campaigner on behalf of others.
She became the first-ever female president of Huddersfield Society of Model Engineers in 1997 and has recently secured a £500 donation towards the renovation of Highfields boating pond for the society.
Daughter Caro Ward said: “She has given so much of herself to the improvement of family life.
“She is a great example of how to live life to the full and to give to others at the same time”.