Remembering Jennie Brereton, our finance assistant

Learning Disability Wales dedicated this year's annual conference to Jennie Brereton, our finance assistant, who has sadly passed away.

It is a sad time here at Learning Disability Wales. Jennie Brereton, our finance assistant, has passed away only two weeks after receiving a diagnosis for oesophageal cancer.

Jennie was a dedicated and much loved part of our team. Jennie worked tirelessly in the charity sector in Wales for many years, including for Chapter Arts Centre, Women's Aid, and the Big Issue, before joining Learning Disability Wales in 2014.

Jennie was so dedicated to Learning Disability Wales that she carried on working after her diagnosis and was working only a few days before she passed away suddenly at home on 21st October.

Our annual two day conference was always Jennie's favourite part of the working year, so it was especially hard to lose Jennie only a few days before the event. To honour and remember Jennie we decided to dedicate the conference, which this year was about health and wellbeing, to Jennie.

We also talked about Jennie at the beginning of both days of the conference, and as a tribute to Jennie, we asked the audience each day to be upstanding and to give Jennie a round of applause - for the person that Jennie was, and the work she did for all the organisations she worked for.

All our staff are desperately missing Jennie, but we are all so thankful to have known her - Jennie will always be a part of Learning Disability Wales.

Our HR Manager Joanne Moore paid special tribute to Jennie. "We have all had the pleasure of working with Jennie over the past four years.  Jennie was committed to her role as Assistant Finance Officer and despite her ill health she carried on working providing support to the finance team.

"We will all miss Jennie so much, and we will raise a large glass of her much loved Jameson whiskey in her memory."

The photo of Jennie was taken at our Christmas meal in December 2016.

Jennie's funeral will be held at Thornhill Crematorium, in the Briwnant Chapel, on Friday 10th November at 4.30pm. The funeral will be a humanist service, and everyone is requested to wear something colourful. Family flowers only have been requested. Donations in lieu of flowers can be given to Macmillan Cancer Support. Donations can be given at the service.