Tribute to Carolyn Molyneux – A Truly Special Lady

Carolyn Molyneux sadly passed away over the weekend, after she lost her battle with cancer.  Carolyn was a committed charity fundraiser and founder of her office and conference business, Delegate Office and Conference Services in Hart Street which she started in 1985.
She was nominated for the Sue Ryder Charity Champion Award in 2019 and was awarded the Town Medal for her services to the town in 2020 however due to Covid restrictions and her health the presentation of the medal has not taken place.
Carolyn loved to raise money and volunteer for local charities including Sue Ryder.  She was a key volunteer for the Regatta for Disabled since it started in 2009 and the Living Advent Calendar since 2011.  She also loved to sing in Henley Rock Choir and was an active member at Phyllis Court Club.
She founded the twice yearly retailers window competition in July for Henley Royal Regatta and in December for Christmas with many retailers taking part.  She came up with the theme each time and provided the theme item which had to be included in each of the windows.

Richard Rodway, Chair of the Living Advent Calendar, said “We are so sorry to share the very sad news that our dear friend passed away over the weekend. She was such a huge part of the event from its very beginning.  It has been a pleasure to work with her over the years, and she was so looking forward to the return of the event this December. She was always so positive, enthusiastically and selflessly doing so much for the town, and putting others before herself, including Regatta for the Disabled Henley and the shop window display competitions. Her unforgettable Living Advent nights at Delegate House encapsulated the spirit of the event. We will miss you Carolyn. Rest in peace.”

Lucy Bowley, Chair of the Regatta for Disabled said, “Carolyn was an amazing advocate for Regatta for the Disabled and promoted our event at every opportunity raising both awareness and money.   Carolyn managed all of the administration side of things and rallied teams together, raffle prizes etc. she was in her element in the front desk welcoming everyone to our event.  She joined our team in the very early days and before our first event and organised us all well. Despite her own health issues she never dwelt on them and always, without fail, supported us when we were struggling with things. She would always put a lovely finishing touch to something and was very generous when it came to birthdays and weddings. We will miss her greatly and I will miss a friend and my children will miss someone they were all very fond of.”
Our Editor, Michaela said, “Carolyn always lit the room up with her smile and laughter.  She was an incredible lady as she always had such a positive mindset about her battle with cancer.  In the early days of the Herald, she was such a great help to me in connecting me with people in the community and became a good friend.  I only saw her a couple of weeks ago at the Mayor Making where she was there to represent the Regatta for Disabled, one of the Mayoral charities.  She loved to have her photo taken with her Mum (Gwynn) and so I took one that day and sent to her (photo below).  As Richard said, Carolyn loved hosting the Living Advent Calendar; she went all out decorating her office in Hart Street and dressing up herself.  Fly high, my Henley Angel. You’ll be sorely missed.”
Our thoughts are with Carolyn’s family and friends.