In Memoriam - Kim Hemmingway

In Memoriam – Kim Hemmingway

Published 12th March

It is with a very sad heart that we report the passing of Kim Hemmingway on March 12th.

Kim was National Director of the Britain-Australia Society for 7 or 8 years and was a powerhouse during that time, not only running the office, membership and events but also producing an excellent glossy magazine a couple of times a year.

Apart from the Society she had fingers in many pies and an unstoppable (so it seemed) energy and forward motion. 

She starred in TV dramas in her youth, has written numerous scripts for television, done fundraising for a huge number of causes and managed to raise two admirable children who are well on their paths to make the world a better place.

Kim’s sendoff service was attended by a very eclectic group of her friends including representatives of the B-AS and Cook Societies. It is typical that she accumulated such a varied group of admirers and a tribute to her.

 

Cook Society member The Hon Sarah Joiner had the following to say about her friend…

 

Members of the Cook Society and Britain-Australia Society will be sad to learn that the unique and irrepressible Kim Hemmingway passed away on Monday 12th March at her home. She had been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder and received treatment at the Royal Marsden over the past 2 years. Kim’s blog diary of her outpatient appointments at the Marsden were pure Kim, informative and hugely entertaining, so very “her” in their frankness. It was clear that the staff at the Marsden, and especially her consultant, adored her. They all greeted the weekly visit of the Hemmingway entourage with real enthusiasm and a little trepidation as the waiting room came alive with their infectious joy.

Kim worked alongside Geoffrey Errington across the Cooks and B-AS for many years, planning and running a wide range of events for both societies. She was a brilliant juggler of so many roles and instrumental in drumming up the necessary sponsorship. Kim co-ordinated many of the Gatherings for the Cooks and had good friendships with many of the Australian convenors.

Outside work, she supported her two talented children – Georgina and Hardy. Her passion for Cambodia and S E Asia yielded a further raft of ideas from which the Footprint Cafes were born. The Cafes work to improve literacy in these countries.

When I was Chairman in 2009, I so enjoyed my close working with Kim. She was a blonde with attitude, huge sunglasses, and a very canny eye for opportunities to help our causes, always enthused about everything. She knew her weak points too and that allowed us both to play to our strengths. She was a true friend and always, without hesitation, interested in everyone. Over the last few weeks when her strength was failing, she never complained and always asked after her friends first. When I think of Kim, I hear her laugh and can picture her smile. I loved her, my friends loved her too.

SARAH JOINER

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