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A tribute to Edmund Marshall

It is with great sadness that we learnt that one of our long term supporters, Edmund Marshall, passed away late last year.

Edmund supported Open Arms Malawi for many years and helped to raise funds through his well loved cryptic quizzes. He raised well over £20,000 to help vulnerable children in Malawi by creating and managing his quizzes.

Not written for the novice, these were seriously difficult activities put together and posted out with great thought and care. They were managed expertly with answers given out after the closing date and prizes presented to the winners and runners up. They were a regular feature of the Open Arms calendar and Edmund's hard work was very much enjoyed by his contacts and many of our supporters. 

Edmund's work has provided and will continue to give care and support for children and families in Malawi who are working with our team. This support is giving them a chance to grow up healthily with their families and set up a strong foundation for their futures. 

A Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Dr Edmund Marshall will be held in St Margaret's Church, Westminster on Thursday 18 April 2024 at midday. If you would like to attend, please visit

Edmund Marshall had great energy and many interests including politics and religion. He was Member of Parliament for Goole from 1971 – 1983 and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary from 1976 to 1979 and as Chair of the Select Committee on Trade and Industry from 1981 to 1983.

Edmund became a Methodist Local Preacher in 1958, a role he continued for over 60 years; and in 1992 he served as Vice President of the Methodist Conference. During the 1990’s he was confirmed into the Church of England, and from 2000 to 2015 was a member of the General Synod.

Edmund Marshall

Edmund spoke of his desire for a thanksgiving service which will take place next month. As politics and religion were such important elements of his life, the two will be combined in the service to be held at St Margaret’s in April.

We send heartfelt thanks for all of his hard work and his contribution to our work and our thoughts are with Edmund's family and friends at this sad time.

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