Remembering Jackie Postance
20 August 2014
by Emma Lindsay
Jackie Postance, who has died aged 50, was a dedicated campaigner for Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Party conferences are not known for being the most vibrant of events, with too many long debates in stuffy rooms and too much deep-fried food. But I had a very different experience when attending the Liberal Democrat conference with Jackie Postance last year.
Jackie siezed the opportunity, and with a disarming smile stopped everyone from cabinet ministers and peers to national journalists for a quick chat in the corridors and bars.
Her meeting with Paul Burstow MP was a highlight, the two having been in touch on social media for over a year before finally meeting in person. Discussion covered everything from the Demos Commission on Residential Care to minimum staffing levels in care homes. But the moment that stays with me is them both roaring with laughter when Jackie asked Paul a particularly cheeky question.
Jackie was involved in Leonard Cheshire’s local and national campaigns for many years, including the successful Mobilise for DLA campaign.
The campaign was launched when the government announced plans to scrap the mobility component of DLA for people in residential care. Jackie was amongst a group of disabled people who met then disability minister Maria Miller and told her about the negative impact the change could have on their lives. She also joined other campaigners from across the UK to take the campaign to Westminster and lobby MPs direct.
This national mobilisation successfully forced the government to scrap the plans. Only a couple of months ago Jackie was in attendance at a Leonard Cheshire reception at 10 Downing Street to celebrate our work in getting talented disabled people in to the work place.
Jackie was also an active member of the campaign group in her local community in Rustington, West Sussex. Together they worked to push for improvements to the local area including taking part in pavement surveys with councillors and Highways staff.
We remember Jackie for her warmth and enthusiasm, her passion for politics and her cheeky sense of humour. She will be sorely missed by her friends and staff at St Bridget’s care home.
Emma Lindsay is campaigns manager for Leonard Cheshire Disability.