Eastbourne homicide: Jackie Hoadley was disability rights champ

THE FAMILY of a murdered woman says she wants her to be remembered for achievements in life.

Jackie Hoadley was a prominent Eastbourne disability rights activist.

She was the mother of three adopted disabled children, one of whom sadly died in the past.

The committed 58-year-old could not have children herself, but devoted her life to raising and caring for the young people.

Her family said, “We want everyone to focus on the accomplishments of their lives, especially the positive impact it has on awareness of disabilities rather than the tragic circumstances of their death.”

The family of Jackie Hoadley and DCI Andy Wolstenholme of the Sussex Police outside Hove Crown Court

DCI Andy Wolstenholme said, “Jacqueline leaves behind two children she absolutely adored and cared for all her life, and we hope that her memory will live on with these children and their wonderful families.”

Jackie had previously petitioned the government for cuts and had the support of more than 80,000 people.

She visited Parliament in 2019 with former Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd to stand up for then Social Affairs Secretary Caroline Dineage.

At the time, Stephen Lloyd said, “It is absolutely tragic to hear of Jackie’s death.

“I worked with her on various constituency issues last year, so it’s just horrific to hear this terrible news out of the blue.”

The Argus: Jackie Hoadley was murdered in her Eastbourne homeJackie Hoadley was murdered in her Eastbourne home

In a recent public Facebook post, she shared a quote: “You are strong enough to deal with whatever comes, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now.”

Her petition to the government for free incontinence pads for disabled children has been signed 88,500 times.

The Chailey Heritage Foundation was very supportive of Jackie and her children.

The charity said: “We are very sad to announce that Jackie Hoadley, who died on July 5th in Eastbourne, was the mother of two young people at the Chailey Heritage Foundation.

“Our whole community is deeply saddened by the tragic situation and our thoughts and condolences go to family and Jackie’s friends right now.

“We would like to recognize Jackie as a committed and caring mother and committed activist for the rights of children with disabilities.

“She was known to many of Chailey Heritage’s parents and will be sorely missed by so many.”

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