Clemmie Hannay Robertson, a much-loved supporter of the Children’s Hospital Trust and long-time volunteer at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer.
Her father, Vyvyan Watson, was one of the key players in the establishment of the Hospital as chairman of the Cape Red Cross Society. She spent many hours there with him when it was under construction and in subsequent years, volunteered in the wards at the Hospital. A Garden of Remembrance to commemorate Trust bequest donors was established at the Hospital in memory of her father’s legacy to future generations of sick and injured children.
Clemmie’s brother, Peter, died of diphtheria in 1923. Some years after the Red Cross Children’s Hospital opened, Mr Watson paid a visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London, where there are numerous references to Peter Pan, inspired by author J.M Barry’s inclusion of GOSH as a beneficiary in his Will. Stirred by J.M Barry’s legacy, Mr Watson returned to Cape Town and commissioned a statue of Peter Pan in the grounds of the Hospital in remembrance of his son Peter.
To this day, this symbol of the eternal child stands as a poignant memory of Peter Watson and is the focal point of the annual Day of Remembrance at the Hospital. Clemmie is pictured above with Pipe Major Tony Reiss in the Hospital Garden of Remembrance. We extend our condolences to her family. She will be greatly missed