Cecil Duckworth, who had been the chair of the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust since the beginning, passed away yesterday, 15 November 2020.
He established the Trust in 1998, after selling his company Worcester Heat Systems to Bosch, as he wanted to make a difference to his adopted home town of Worcester.
Originally the Trust dealt with litter and graffiti, two issues that Cecil cared very deeply about and not long after that, the Trust purchased Chapter Meadows for the benefit of wildlife and for the people of Worcester.
Following on from that, the Trust gained funding to help create the Pump House Environment Centre, where it continues to have it base today and the Worcestershire Resource Exchange (WRE), Worcester's Scrap Store.
Cecil was a very active Chair right up until his death and would regularly visit the Pump House to meet with staff over a cappuccino and he often made time on a Friday morning to chat to the WREmakers at WRE.
He will be greatly missed by staff and volunteers alike.