Pauline Campbell has died

Pauline - CampaignerPrisons campaigner Pauline Campbell found dead beside daughter’s grave
published: 15th May 2008

Prisons campaigner Pauline Campbell has died, the advice group Inquest said today.

Mrs Campbell, from Whitchurch, Shropshire, became a member of the organisation after her daughter, Sarah, 18, died of drug overdose at Styal prison in 2003. Her protests outside jails where women had died led her to being arrested several times.

It is understood Mrs Campbell was found this morning close to her daughter’s grave in Malpas, Cheshire. A spokeswoman for Inquest confirmed Mrs Campbell had died although she couldn’t confirm the circumstances. A statement and tribute is expected to be released shortly.

A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: “At 6.15 this morning a member of the public alerted police to a body which was found at the gates of Oakhills cemetery in Malpas. “We are investigating the circumstances.” The force said they were not yet in a position to identify the body.

Read full report >
Statement from INQUEST >

A song for Pauline & Sarah >

4WardEver Comment:
We are deeply saddened by the death of Pauline, and had great admiration for her stance on prison authorities – she will be sadly missed.

Pauline has been a tireless campaigner against deaths of women in custody since the tragic death of her daughter Sarah in 2003.

She was awarded the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize in October 2005. The prize is awarded each year to a woman or group who has, through their actions, writing or campaigning; raised awareness of violence against women and children.

Tippa Naphtali : founder


About Tippa Naphtali

I am currently a partner in Naphtali & Associates, an informal network of VCO champions established in 2003, helping to develop social enterprises, business ownership and affordable services by and for local people. I am also an active campaigner for police, prison and mental health reform particularly in relation to deaths and abuses in custody.

Posted on 15/05/2008, in Personal, Remembrance. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m so sorry to all who knew her. I could tell from her story she was an amazing woman.
    -Heidi from Canada

  2. Dr Benjamin Zephaniah

    I am in shock. Not so long ago I appeared on a television programme with Pauline. She spoke passionately on the programme about the plight of women in prisons and after the the programme we spoke about how we could raise the profile of our campaigns using the media. She was full of life and looking forward. Over the last few years she has been ever present at important moments in our struggle having the ability to appear anywhere regardless of distance. She came to us because of a personal tragedy nevertheless it is hard to imagine marching without her. But be strong people, one way or another she will be with us in our victory of good over evil.

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