Charles Boughton-Leigh MBE – a true gentleman

Charles Boughton-Leigh
Charles Boughton-Leigh

ELDERLY and disabled people across West Sussex have lost a valiant champion with the untimely death of Charles Boughton-Leigh, less than two months after he was honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Charles, 68, devoted his adult life to caring and campaigning for the vulnerable and was awarded his honour for services to the community within Mid and West Sussex.

Charles was a former chief officer at the Age Concern Day Centre in Haywards Heath, which is now run by Age UK as The Redwood Centre.

Under his leadership, the centre became a lively, vibrant place with more members, new activities and a Saturday club for people with dementia.

Always calm, with a positive outlook and a cheery smile, Charles inspired everyone around him.

Diane Henderson, chief executive of Age UK West Sussex, said: “Charles’ loyalty to the Redwood Centre was amazing and the work he did for older people was second to none.”

Donna Parker, who took over from Charles as the centre’s manager, said: “He was not only my boss but a good friend and he helped me and my family in many ways. He was a lovely man and it was a pleasure to have known him.”

Donna has invited members of the centre and the wider community to leave messages in a book of memories.

The funeral service for Charles will be held at mid-day on Monday, August 6, at East Preston Church, followed by a wake at Worthing Rugby Club. No flowers please but donations to the Ferring Country Centre.

If you would like to leave a message in the book of memories set up by Donna, you can do so at The Redwood Centre off Perrymount Road.

For more on this story buy the Mid Sussex Times out today (Thursday, August 2),