14:37 Victoria to Ashford International.
Des Lynham’s Foreword to Helen Rollason’s ‘Life’s Too Short’
Church Walk, East Malling, Kent
Oh dear! 🙂
Slightly more reflective post today; Helen Rollason died of cancer in her early 40s, with a teenage daughter, and as I was reading her autobiography during a train journey to visit my mum today, I thought I’d dedicate this post to her…
I remember Helen well.
I do too, and it’s particularly sad, as I guess she’d have been a prominent broadcaster at this year’s London Olympics had she lived. I’m sure you’re too young to remember her, but there was a young English athlete called Lillian Board who won a silver medal in the women’s 800m race at the 1968 Olympic Games, and she also succumbed to cancer, at the age of 22, in 1970. Still, when has life ever been fair…;)
I remember Helen and Lillian….very very sad.
With Lillian I remember being totally shocked, because she was so young. It also makes me think that, if it had happened now, maybe she /they would have had more chance of survival.
I must look out for that book. I didn’t realise Helen had left a daughter behind.
I’m sure you’re right about advances in treatment since Lillian’s death, but as we both know, cancer’s still a frightening illness for all concerned :(. Incidentally, Lillian’s boyfriend, a journalist called David Emery (not David Hemery, the 400m hurdler, who won a gold medal in the 1968 Olympics!) wrote a biography of Lillian (called simply ‘Lillian’), which was published in 1971.
Thank you ~ I’ll look out for that too.
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