Celebrating Lilian Faithfull’s life on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, our charity celebrates the life and achievements of our formidable founder, Miss Lilian Mary Faithfull.

None of what we do today, would have been possible without her. Here’s some highlights of Lilian’s incredible life:

  • Lilian was born on 12 March 1865 – Saturday would have been her birthday.
  • An English teacher, headmistress, women’s rights advocate, magistrate, social worker, humanitarian and charity founder.
  • Lilian Faithfull went to Oxford University in 1883, just four years after it was established.
  • Lilian was one of the “Steamboat ladies,” who were part of the struggle for women to gain university degrees. A time when Oxford and Cambridge did not confer degrees upon women.
  • Lilian claimed an ‘ad eundem degree’ from Trinity College Dublin in 1905.
  • In 1895 age 30, Lilian became the Captain and the first President of the Ladies’ Hockey Association (later the All England Women’s Hockey Association), until at least 1907
  • In 1906 Lilian Faithfull became Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College, and remained in that position for 15 years.
  • Pictured in 1909, Lilian was the first woman in Cheltenham to own a car.
  • During WWI she converted one of the College boarding houses into a Red Cross hospital staffed by herself and former pupils.
  • In 1920 Lilian became Justice of the Peace for Cheltenham – becoming one of the first women magistrates in England.
  • In 1946, age 81, Lilian started our Charity. At the inaugural meeting of supporters she famously declared, “something must be done” after seeing Cheltenham’s population suffering in old age despite having given so much during the war years.
  • Lilian passed away 1952, age 87 at Faithfull House – one of our current care homes in Suffolk Square in Cheltenham.

Lilian Faithfull is an inspiration and her legacy lives on.

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