Kate's contribution to Bystock celebrated
PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:12 02 February 2017
An Exmouth woman, who has given 50 years of her life to helping others, has been celebrated for her 'dedication and commitment'.
Kate Lovell, nee Goddard, and her three children were one of four families to leave the security of their own homes and move into Bystock Court in 1965. They did so to set up a community to provide a refuge for people escaping from abuse, homelessness and other hardships.
The Bystock Court Association, which ran the home, sold the building in 2003 and the Jamieson-Bystock Trust was set up to continue its work.
Current chairman Rachael Jamieson has paid tribute to 87-year-old Kate, who has now resigned from the trust. She said: “Kate is a rare and very special person, someone who is willing to give so much to others with amazing modesty and cheerfulness.
“I’m sad that she has resigned as it marks the end of an era, but I quite understand that her health must now be her priority. We wish her well.”
During her time at Bystock Court, Kate was involved in the day-to-day running of the home, while also caring for her own family and working as a district nurse.
Bystock was set up at a 90-room mansion near Exmouth town centre and was eventually sold 14 years ago to Devon Shalford Homes.
The home closed in 2015 and the building was put on the market again for £1.9million.
Kate served as secretary of the Bystock Court Association and became a Jamieson-Bystock trustee when the charity was formed 14 years ago.