Maureen's farewell to Birmingham Parents' Support Group

An evening of reminiscences, humour, pathos and statements of appreciation for Maureen Walsh, the long-serving Chair of Birmingham Parents’ Support Group, was held on Monday June 15th. She is retiring from the post after 20 years of successfully running the thriving support group of parents and family members of lesbian and gay children.

Deb Purcell presented her with a David Austin rose from all of us, called ’Blessings,’ and gave her a little speech of thanks. She likened Maureen to the qualities of the rose as described in the catalogue: qualities such as reliable and fragrant! Parents had also generously contributed to a token. A framed certificate acknowledging all she has done for us was signed by us all and presented by Mike Bradley who ran the LG switchboard for a time. He also gave her flowers. He spoke on behalf of the lesbian and gay children who had valued the group’s work in helping families accept their children. More flowers were given, people voiced their appreciation and thanks for all Maureen has done for us – her warmth and empathy.

It was good to see friends there from years gone by - particularly founder members Irene and Robert West, who had flown in from Ireland where they now live. Sue Allen, Chair of FFLAG had driven up from Bristol with her husband Bob, and gave a large bouquet from FFLAG. Other parents had travelled from Halesowen, Tamworth, Bromsgrove and Stafford. Three of the sons of parents in the group were also there and it was good to hear how well they are doing in their separate fields. Altogether there were about 30 people who came to say thank you.

Heartfelt thanks from all of us Maureen, and God’s blessings on you in your future life’ journey. We know we will see you again and you will drop in on us from time to time.

Margaret and Deb will be taking over as Co-chairs of the group in future – Maureen’s is a hard act to follow!

Picture - 'Sue with Maureen'


By Margaret Evans




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