Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - August 2002

Edited by Peter Price
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.


It is with great regret that we report the death on 14th June of Helen Townsend at the age of 34. Throughout her life she had bravely battled against the presence of a brain tumour which was diagnosed when she was a baby.

Helen went to training college where she met Steve Thacker, and they remained together for fifteen years. During that time they travelled extensively, visiting many countries including the USA, Australia and the Holy Land.

Although not a chess player, Helen accompanied Steve at BCA functions, where she was a popular little lady and so well liked for her amiable disposition.

She had a strong personal faith and was a regular worshipper at St. Mary’s Church, Peterborough, where her funeral took place on June 20th. The BCA has joined others in making a donation, requested in favour of the National Library for the Blind, to be sent to Steve.

Helen will be much missed by many, and we send our sincere sympathies to her sister and to Steve.


Read Steve's memories of Helen