Baroness Heyhoe Flint OBE - Ambassador

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Baroness Heyhoe Flint OBE on the 18th January 2017. Rachael was a wonderful ambassador to the Sporting Memories Foundation                                     

Rachael Heyhoe Flint became an Ambassador of The Sporting Memories Foundation in 2016. Rachael lived in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton with husband Derrick (married 1971) and had three step children and one son.

Rachael Heyhoe Flint trained as a teacher of P E (Dartford College 1957-60) and taught for 4 years in local Wolverhampton schools. In 1965 she became a journalist with the Express and Star and later became a freelance journalist and sports columnist for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph. In 1973 she was appointed TV’s first woman sports presenter with ITV’s World of Sport.

Rachael recorded the memories of her career at her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers Museum for The Foundation in 2016

Rachael Heyhoe Flint was best known as the champion for women’s cricket; she first played for England in 1960; captained the side from 1966-77 and ended her international career in 1983.  In 1999 she was named as one of the first female Honorary Life Members of the MCC and was elected to the MCC’s General Committee in October 2004 - the first woman in 217 year history of the Club. Only to follow that in 2009 by becoming one of the first of two women ever appointed to the England and Wales Cricket Board.

In 1972 she was awarded an MBE for services to cricket and in 2008 she was again recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours with an OBE for her services to cricket and charity.

Rachael Heyhoe Flint was President of the Lady Taverners, the fund raising arm of the Lord’s Taverners who support youngsters with special needs by providing sports facilities and specially adapted mini buses, for 11 years only recently retiring from that role.

After having long time close connections with her beloved Molineux and carrying out many PR activities with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC she was made a Vice President in 2004, in the same year she also received European Woman of Achievement Award.  It was in 1993 that she became the first Trustee for Wolves Aid - originally a much smaller charity created by Sir Jack Hayward.  For Rachael the best thing about working with the charity was the deep involvement with local community and seeing our financial support making a difference to youngsters in the community.

In January 2011 Rachael Heyhoe Flint was made a Life Peer in the House of Lords, officially taking the title of The Baroness Heyhoe Flint OBE of Wolverhampton. Rachael was a working Conservative Peer and her focus was on sport, charity and work in the community.

RIP 18th January 2017