Tribute to much valued colleague

Memorial bench for Citizens Advice Bureau worker Joan Delahunty in the grounds of Waterhouse Homes, Halifax. CAB volunteer Peggy Bruce and Supervisor Steve Reynolds.
Memorial bench for Citizens Advice Bureau worker Joan Delahunty in the grounds of Waterhouse Homes, Halifax. CAB volunteer Peggy Bruce and Supervisor Steve Reynolds.

COLLEAGUES of a Brighouse woman who died six months ago have raised money to buy a memorial bench.

Joan Delahunty used to run the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Brighouse and Elland but died suddenly earlier this year. Now her colleagues at the office in Harrison Road, Halifax, have created a lasting memorial at Nathanial Waterhouses Homes, on the opposite side of the road.

Various types of fund-raising were undertaken to raise the cash including lots of personal donations for staff members who had known Joan over the years.

The bench has now been erected in the garden and can be seen from the office, for staff to visit from time to time to enjoy a cup of coffee and sit in peace during a hectic day.

Joan was an important member of the staff at the bureau and they were pleased to be able to show just how much she meant to them by remembering her in this way.

Her colleagues said: “Joan worked with lots of people here and influenced lots of peoples lives. She was a mentor to lots of people, and wasn’t only a member of staff but also a volunteer. She had masses of experience, so it was only right that we found something really appropriate to remember her by.”

Joan’s husband Eric, who lives in Brighouse, said it was in a nice spot. “It is a lovely thing for her colleagues to do and I would like to thank them for all their efforts in doing this.

“I wasn’t aware that her colleagues were doing this but she had worked there for 30 year and ran the Brighouse office. I have been overwhelmed by the memorial and I just want to say thank you.”