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Caribbean funeral for charity worker with Cromer links

PUBLISHED: 13:53 13 April 2012

Adrian Randall,  a charity champion with Cromer connections, who has died in Barbados.

Adrian Randall, a charity champion with Cromer connections, who has died in Barbados.

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A service of celebration for the life of Caribbean charity worker Adrian Randall, who also had strong family connections in Cromer, has taken place at Christchurch, Barbados.

Mr Randall, who was 67, grew up on the island as the son of the headmistress of Queen’s College, but came to live in Cromer - where his family had run businesses since the 1800s - on the completion of his secondary education.

He became an articled clerk with Harper, Smith, Bennett and Co of Norwich, graduated from Hull University, then worked for Tate and Lyle in Zambia, the Hays Group in London and then became director of finance and resources for the Cancer Research Campaign.

A further period as a director of BDO Stoy Hayward was followed by setting up as an independent charities management consultant, serving on a number of trusts and becoming the author of four books which became guidelines for all those involved in charity finance.

He and wife Jenny, who died 18 months ago, lived in Cromer from 2000-2004 when Mr Randall was president elect of Cromer and Sheringham Rotary Club.

But while visiting Barbados in 2004, he was offered the post of chief executive of the Barbados Heart and Stroke Foundation, a role he fulfilled until 2009, remaining vice-president until the time of his death.

In addition he took on the presidency of the Barbados South Rotary Club, where he was responsible for a project for education on diabetes across the whole of the Caribbean, a scheme also linked with his former club at Cromer and Sheringham.

Among his other areas of service was the campaign to raise awareness of communicable diseases across the Caribbean.

At the funeral service at Coral Ridge, Barbados, current Barbados South Rotary President Irving Burrowes spoke of his life of service in the West Indies and his abiding love of cricket which had ranged from the smaller crowds at Norfolk games through to the passion support exhibited at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown Barbados.

He used his skills to help charities manage their finances and “lived and loved to serve.”

A celebration of his life will be held in Cromer later this year. He leaves daughters Nicola and Emma and grandson Alex.

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