By James Tout on 27 September 2019
In memory of Sarah Carlin
It was in 2016 when we were looking for freelance support that we came across Sarah. Right from the outset we were impressed by the breadth of her experience. She’d done everything from government comms to charity campaigning and seemed a natural fit for our client mix. And so it proved: Sarah was one of those professionals who just ‘got it’ straight from the off. She very quickly took the initiative on self-developed campaigns for our client Action on Elder Abuse, liaising with 40 police forces across the country on an innovative awareness campaign around financial abuse of older people.
But it wasn’t sheer aptitude or creativity alone that defined Sarah. I think everyone who encountered her professionally will chiefly remember her personal warmth, ready smile and sparky humour. These attributes seem all the more remarkable to me when I consider that she was unwell for the entire time I knew her.
We talk of people ‘battling’ cancer, and that may be the case for some. But for Sarah, any struggle was never obvious. She was intent on living – and that determination drove her to continue working for as long as she physically could, always cheerful, conscientious and responsive. That quiet resilience really was a defining personal characteristic. Whatever she was going through outside of work remained separate because she clearly loved and took pride in what she did, and didn’t want her illness to define her.
Although freelance, Sarah was very much a key member of our team. We were out of contact in the final weeks of her illness and had been concerned about her wellbeing, so hearing the news of her passing has been hard for all of us. I’d like to express my deepest condolences to her husband, family and friends. We will miss Sarah and remember her with immense fondness.
If you would like to make a donation to one of Sarah’s chosen charities in her memory, then please consider one of the below:
Towards the end of Sarah’s life she benefited a huge amount from people’s kind donations of blood. Her family have said they would be delighted if anybody felt able to give blood in Sarah’s memory.
You can make an appointment to give blood here.