It will take place in The Samaritans Hall, Walsingham Road, Colchester CO2 7BP, at 2pm – with the support of Dr Dowsett’s daughter, Mrs Frances Johnson.
The meeting is being organised by Mrs Vivienne Mills, chairman of the Colchester ME Support Group, who knew Dr Dowsett for many years and made a point of keeping in touch during her last years in a Cambridge nursing home.
“I got on so well with Betty. I never knew either of my grandparents and, in a way, she became the grandmother I never had”, said Mrs Mills.
If you would like to attend the meeting, please put the date in your diary now. The hall has the word SAMARITANS spread across the top of the building although, if you are looking it up on the internet, type the words ‘Walsingham Road Community Hall’ into Google.
There is a public car park within 10 minutes walking distance and an attempt is being made to secure use of a local school playground up the road.
Please email Vivienne at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend or, indeed, if you want to speak at the event.
The ME Association reported news of Dr Dowsett’s death on 21 June. This included early tributes from MEA medical adviser Dr Charles Shepherd, consultant neurologist Professor Leslie Findley, Simon Lawrence (chairman of the 25% ME Group of severe sufferers) and Greg Crowhurst, whose own wife Linda has been severely ill for many years.