Tribute for alternative medicine pioneer

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The family of a woman who set up an alternative therapy clinic in Gosberton Risegate has spoken of her care for other people after her death.

A memorial service for Jennie Charleston-Stokes (70) was held at Boston Crematorium last Thursday where moving tributes were read by family and friends of the former nurse who went on to study acupuncture and complementary medicine.

Mrs Charleston-Stokes, who was married to husband Brian for 45 years, died peacefully on December 4 and is also survived by four children and 11 grandchildren.

Her son, John (41), who continues to run the clinic in Salem Street, said: “You couldn’t have asked to meet a more giving person, whether it was just a touch of reassurance when it was needed or giving her time, love and attention to someone else.

“It didn’t matter if she had to go without, as long as somebody else benefited.

“We still practice the same tenet at the clinic that she introduced where children should never be expected to pay for their treatment.”

Mrs Charleston-Stokes was born in Plymouth and followed in her mother’s footsteps as a nurse, before training in complementary therapy in her early 20s.

She moved to Donington in 1978 and opened her alternative therapy clinic three years later.

John said: “Her life was about helping people who couldn’t help themselves and I would like people to remember her in that way.”