Jean Jefcoate Death, Jean Jefcoate has died unexpectedly, cause of death

January 7, 2022 By Michael smith 0

Jean Jefcoate Death, Cause Of Death – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jean Jefcoate. Jean is the wife of our dedicated Patron Roger Jefcoate and over 60 years they have supported the vital work of WheelPower. Our condolences go to Roger and the family at this sad time.

Jean was born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire and was from a musical family. This led her a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London and her talent continued to develop as a soprano in oratorios. She won many awards, broadcast for the BBC and was soloist at the Cheltenham Festival, amongst many memorable moments during her singing career. She met Roger whilst performing at a charity concert in 1962 and a year later they married, beginning an amazing and lifelong partnership, changing untold number of lives through their charitable work.

Throughout their married life Jean helped Roger in pioneering technology at the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital with Sir Ludwig Guttmann, founder of the Paralympics. Together they developed home remote control systems for severely disabled people for the NHS and much else besides. Jean and Roger subsequently launched a number of equipment funding charities and most notably the Disability Aid Fund in 1983 (now known as the Roger and Jean Jefcoate Trust) of which Jean was secretary. Over these years they funded millions of pounds worth of special equipment for disabled individuals, and continue to support small frontline healthcare charities nationwide.

That link with Stoke Mandeville continued through WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, which was also founded by Sir Ludwig Guttmann. They support disabled people nationwide to engage in physical activity and sporting opportunities to help them to live healthier and happier lives. The charity continues to work alongside the National Spinal Injuries Centre and at other spinal units across the UK through the physical activity advisor programme. Dedicated advisors support newly paralysed people try various sports, and engage in activity to increase their long-term physical and mental health. The annual Inter Spinal Unit Games was one of Jean and Rogers favourite events to attend and an opportunity to see the life changing work at first hand.

WheelPower Chief Executive Martin McElhatton OBE said “Jean was a much-loved member of the wider WheelPower ‘family’. We are incredibly grateful to the Roger and Jean Jefcoate Trust for their support over many years, and Jean was a big advocate for our most recent award from the Trust. She will be greatly missed by all of us here at Stoke Mandeville, and I am sure the many other charities who have benefited so much from her kind heartedness will all feel the same”.

As well as supporting WheelPower and the National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) Jean and Roger have helped many other Buckinghamshire based charities through the work of their trust. Jean was passionate about the environment and they were proud patrons of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. A self described ‘tree hugger’ Jean and Roger have become well known for their love of trees and especially that of the endangered black poplar. In 2012 Jean and Roger grew one hundred black poplars for the Greater London Lieutenancy to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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