Remembering Pauline Campbell : 8 Years on and sorely missed
4WardEver UK pays respect to our sister and comrade as we mark the 8th anniversary of her tragic death. “We salute you”
Pauline Campbell was found dead on 15 May 2008, not far from the grave of her daughter Sarah. Sarah died in January 2003 in HMP Styal.
Pauline was committed not just to campaigning but also to helping INQUEST’s work in supporting bereaved families. She was one of a number of bereaved parents who turned their own personal loss into sustained campaign action and protest.
Pauline had been a tireless campaigner against the deaths of women in custody since the tragic death of her own 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.
In an article produced by Pauline for 4WardEver in she said;
“Three years after the death of my only child, there is still no formal acceptance by the Home Office that they have a responsibility for Sarah’s death.
“In April 2004, incensed by the continuing suffering and deaths of women inmates, I decided to increase pressure on the Government by engaging in ‘direct action.’
“Each time an apparently self-inflicted death is reported; I organise and lead a demonstration outside the prison. Sixteen protests have been held. I have been arrested on ten occasions, handcuffed, locked in police cells, and put before the criminal courts. But I remain undeterred.”