Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Diabetes research fellowship named after Jane

10:34 20 January 2014

Jane Sutherland Earl pictured back in October 2013. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 2818-43-13SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

Jane Sutherland Earl pictured back in October 2013. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 2818-43-13SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to


A LATE Sidmouth community stalwart’s name will live on after an international charity renamed a fellowship in the fight against diabetes in her honour.

Popular and respected Jane Sutherland-Earl, who died in December, was well known in the town for her tireless work as a councillor and chairman of the ‘in bloom’ committee and voluntary services charity.

But many ex-colleagues and friends had no idea she had played a key part in the Hampshire-based Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) since its inception more than a decade ago.

Jane, who was 84, retired from her role as a trustee of the charity late last year – leaving board members wanting to recognise her contribution.

Time and commitment she gave the cause has seen its clinical fellowship – one of a pair of major grants awarded every two years – named after her.

The first Sutherland Earl Clinical Fellowship will be awarded in 2015.

DRWF, which has sister organisations around the globe, funds diabetes medical research and works for the benefit of people suffering from the condition.

Sarah Bone, chief executive of DRWF, worked with Jane for 12 years and said: “She was committed to improving the treatment for diabetes sufferers and would have found this a fitting tribute.

“She would have been thrilled, but wouldn’t have made much fuss about it. Jane wasn’t someone who was looking for glory - she gave her time, expertise - and opinion - willingly and was a wonderful character.”

Sarah added that Jane had been made aware of the honour.

The subject was mentioned when Sidmouth Town Council held a minute’s silence to remember Jane, a former chairman, last week.

Councillor Graham Liverton said he only learnt of Jane’s involvement with the charity at her funeral and said it was an example of the ‘tremendous’ amount of work she did helping others.


Other News Stories

Eastleigh shed, 8 May 1959 (c) C Boocock

Enthusiasts have a unique opportunity to invest in part of Sidmouth’s rail heritage as a £300,000 locomotive restoration project has been put back on track.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
New Kennaway House manager, Nikki Dawkins, with Michael James, David Leach, Bryan Dawkins and Michael Gordon-Lee. Ref shs 4446-47-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A new manager and chairman have taken the helm at a charity-run arts centre with a growing reputation in and beyond the Sid Valley.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:59
Betty Williams with Lamb and Flag landlord, Ron Miles, and Ottery mayor, Glyn Dobson. Ref sho 4475-52-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A widow, whose generous gesture to people facing Christmas alone last year touched hearts around the world, has spoken of her delight that preparations are under way for another festive feast.

Read more
Fri, 19:37
An ariel view of the PegasusLife plans for Knowle.

A developer lined up to buy the East Devon District Council (EDDC) offices at Knowle has unveiled its vision for a retirement community on the site.

Read more
Fri, 16:59
The Sidmouth Friends of the Samaritans held their AGM this week. Pictured are chairman Sue Kensdale with from left Ron Harbour (treasurer), vice chairman Gerald Hayne and Denis Jones (sec). Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3446-08-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to

The loss of Sidmouth’s Samaritans support group will have a ‘major impact’ on the running of the service, says the leader of the charity’s Exeter, Mid and East Devon branch.

Read more
Fri, 12:59
MP Hugo Swire visit the King's School this week where he is pictured meeting students in the Teen Health Group. Ref sho 7123-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Hugo Swire praised students for their ‘passionate determination’ to address important issues

Read more
Fri, 06:30
Sally Neal has become Sidmouth's first female Crew Manager. Ref shs 7512-48-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A firefighter has made history after becoming the first woman in Sidmouth to reach the rank of crew manager.

Read more
Thu, 19:30
Plans have been lodged for Hillside House

A former hotel and restaurant in Newton Poppleford could be converted into a 13-bed care home.

Read more
Thu, 14:30

A temporary tariff of £2 per day will be introduced at Sidmouth’s town centre car parks next week.

Read more
Wed, 18:30
Natasha Koshti.

The Budleigh Salterton Committee for Cancer Research UK is holding an Evening In India on Saturday, November 28, at 7pm in the Public Hall.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find a job in Sidmouth

Find planning applications