A Tribute Post For Debbie Jolly, Co Founder, Disabled People Against Cuts
I am very sad to have just heard of the death of Debbie Jolly. Debbie was a co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, a campaign group I highly respect. Debbie and I never met in person but we have been connected on Facebook and Twitter for years and we have over a hundred mutual Facebook friends.
Disabled People Against Cuts member Linda published this lovely tribute at the DPAC site:
It is with great sadness that we have to tell you one of our co-founders, Debbie Jolly has died following a short hospital stay. As disabled people everywhere we’ve lost a friend and advocate and a fighter for our movement.
Debbie has played a hugely influential part in the development of DPAC since 2010 and she and I have worked together virtually every day since dealing with the day-to-day things that needed to be done to make DPAC the successful campaign group we have become.
Debbie was one of the main people involved in initiating the UN inquiry into the UK’s grave and systematic violation of disabled people’s human rights which will be a lasting testimony to her life and work.
Debbie was a warrior and tireless campaigner for disabled people’s human rights and most of all she never wanted to be hailed as a heroine or praised by others for the work that she did.
All of the steering group and our allies from Black Triangle campaign are in deep shock and I have felt very lost in the past few weeks without Debbie to support me and be by my side. Many thanks to those who have responded to my requests for help during this time.
As disabled people everywhere we’ve lost a friend and advocate and a fighter for our movement.
My thoughts are with all the friends I shared with Debbie and with everyone who has been affected by her very sad death.
RIP Debbie Jolly, thank you for your friendship.