The sad loss of an influential safety campaigner

19 Aug

We were sad to hear the news that Diana Lamplugh OBE died this week after suffering a stroke.

Following the disappearance of her daughter, Suzy, in 1986, Diana and her husband, Paul, founded the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, which became a well-known national charity for personal safety.

The aim of the trust is to raise the awareness of the importance of personal safety and highlight the risks people face while offering advice, action and support to minimise those risks. It also provides training courses on personal safety, particularly for lone workers.

After setting up the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Diana campaigned successfully for the licensing of minicabs; safer car parks, train and tube stations; and for stalking to be recognised as a criminal offence. The charity works with the government, police, public bodies and businesses to encourage better personal safety.

Diana was forced to retire from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease following a massive stroke in 2003. Her husband, Paul, also retired but became a trustee of the charity.

Diana and Paul were both awarded OBEs for their work for the charity and were jointly awarded the Beacon Prize for leadership for their work in raising awareness of personal safety and addressing the causes and solutions to violence and aggression in society.

Suzy Lamplugh, a 25 year old estate agent, disappeared in 1986 after she went to meet a client, known as Mr Kipper, and show him around a house in Fulham, west London. Reports say she was seen arguing with the man before getting into a car with him. Her body has never been found. She was officially declared dead, presumed murdered in 1994.

It’s a shame Diana never received any justice for her daughter’s disappearance, and never really discovered what happened to her. However, she can be proud of the fact that her campaigning has helped thousands of other lone workers keep safe in vulnerable situations.

We hope the Suzy Lamplugh Trust continues with its fantastic work and our thoughts are with Diana’s family at this sad time.

To find out more about the Suzy Lamplugh Trust visit www.suzylamplugh.org

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