About Pauline

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.

The need for this work to continue is demonstrated by the fact that since the death of Pauline’s daughter another 41 women have taken their own lives.

The impact Pauline had on so many people has been demonstrated by the depth and breadth of tributes received at the INQUEST office in the days since her untimely death.

INQUEST’s Co-director Deborah Coles contributed an interview about Pauline to the BBC Radio 4 obituaries programme, The Last Word, broadcast at 4pm on Friday 23 May 2008.

Pauline Campbell was buried in the same grave as her daughter Sarah on 30 May 2008 following a funeral service at St Alkmund’s Church in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

A Note from the 4WardEver volunteer Team:

We are deeply saddened by the death of Pauline, and know that countless people had great admiration for her stance on reform with the government and prison authorities – she will be sadly missed.

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.

New content covering the issues that Pauline was so passionate about and of her life and campaigning will be added to this site as regularly as possible.

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