Lorraine Gradwell (1953-2017)

Lorraine Gradwell – my sweet love, partner, wife and best friend for 32 years, died peacefully on 3 September 2017 surrounded by her family. RIP

Her obituary is now in The Guardian newspaper (and in print edition on 5 October 2017)


  • Family wishes so far: no flowers please, donations to GMCDP.com – the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People
  • For details of arrangements, please visit websites of GMCDP and Breakthrough UK
  • TRIBUTES are being pulled together into one place – www.lorrainegradwell.weebly.com

This is a new page, firstly to share this booklet of Lorraine’s early life. We worked on it together in recent months, putting her great stories and exploits down on paper to share with her wide circle of friends as well as family.

Secondly, her writings as a radical disability rights activist:

And thirdly, some of her poetry:

Added (4 Sept) Lorraine’s blog, sub-titled “the musings of a knackered activist

Also this scrap book ( large PDF )

And a CV she had to write in 2014 for a project ( I had to keep reminding her of key achievements, to which she’d say, “they won’t be interested in that”, too modest )

A tribute in the Disability News Service ( 5 pages )

A draft list of Lorraine’s collection of campaign t-shirts.

More will follow in due course.