I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Lady Elspet Rix earlier today. Many supporters of the DSA would naturally associate Lord and Lady Rix with MENCAP and may not necessarily know about the key role that they both played in the process of helping me to acquire Normansfield, the building that we now occupy which has been re-named the Langdon Down Centre. Lady Rix was one of the founding Trustees of the Langdon Down Centre Trust and both she and Lord Rix became Patrons of the museum when the building was subsequently handed over to the DSA.
The Rix family association with Normansfield began, following the birth of their daughter with Down syndrome, Shelley in 1951. Shelley spent a number of years in the hospital here built by Dr John Langdon Down and she sadly died in 2005.
Lady Rix has campaigned for people with learning disabilities most of her life and she was a wonderful inspiration to those of us who were lucky enough to have been able to work with her; she will be sadly missed.
Carol Boys, Chief Executive, Down’s Syndrome Association | 19 February 2013