Thomas Pocklington Trust has announced that trustee, former Chairman and friend, Rodney Powell MBE, passed away on Friday 25 September.
Rodney, Thomas Pocklington’s great-nephew, was a trustee at the charity for 37 years from 1983 to the present time, of which 26 were as Chair.
Charles Colquhoun, CEO at Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT), said:
“It is a real loss to the charity in terms of his contribution to its governance but more so for staff and board members personally. Rodney was an incredibly warm person and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife and family.”
Rodney was extremely proud of his family’s involvement in the founding and running of the charity. His great-grandfather worked with Thomas Pocklington during his lifetime, as did his grandfather Albert, who managed Thomas Pocklington’s estate before the charity was created. Rodney’s mother, father and late brother were all trustees of Thomas Pocklington Trust.
Mervyn Williamson, who took over the chairmanship from Rodney in 2019, said:
“Rodney was our colleague and friend and we will all miss him terribly. He leaves behind a great legacy through his involvement in the governance and management of TPT and we will continue his work to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.”
Rodney was awarded an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours for his services to blind and partially sighted people as part of the work of TPT. At the time of this announcement, he said:
“There have been many important milestones in TPT’s history, but the main satisfaction is seeing how the legacy left by Thomas Pocklington has been put to work in so many different ways over the years.
“We are living in very different times now to when the charity was first constituted, and I am proud how TPT has adapted its work to the changing needs of blind and visually impaired people today, working alongside them and our partnership organisations to deliver mutually agreed outcomes.
“I am also proud that TPT has remained an independent charity since its foundation and that at the same time it is faithful to its original overall purpose which is to support blind and partially sighted people, just as our benefactor, Thomas Pocklington, wished.”