Memories of Marjorie Griffin

We were saddened to hear of the death of Marjorie Griffin, a previous Warden at Elizabeth
Fry who had managed the hostel from 1955 to 1975 and was responsible for the hostel’s
move from London to its current location in Reading. Marjorie visited Elizabeth Fry in July
2011 to celebrate the re-opening of the building following the fire in 2009. She also spoke
at the Service at Greyfriars Church in 2012, celebrating 50 years since the hostel’s move to
Reading. It was a privilege to hear Marjorie talk about her experiences at the hostel and she
proved to be a real inspiration to both staff and residents.
 
Marjorie was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1986 for her work amongst women.
The medal was presented by The Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire and the ceremony took place
in the garden of Elizabeth Fry.
                                                                                                                                             
Trustees and staff at Elizabeth Fry are enormously grateful to Marjorie’s family who have
donated her British Empire Medal to Elizabeth Fry Charity. The medal will be displayed
at the Approved Premises and will serve as a wonderful reminder of Marjorie’s
commitment to the hostel and its residents.
                                                              

Memories of Marjorie Griffin