Tributes to David Solly, Founder and Patron of KPS
It is with great sadness that KPS announces the death of David Solly, founder and retired trustee of our charity. David was known as a deeply kind and compassionate man, with immense commitment to our cause. We invite those who knew him to send us any memories they would like to see posted here. We also invite you to take a look at the wonderful memories of David posted on the Thames Valley Positive Support pages, where he was also the founding member, having been committed and active in the cause of supporting those living with HIV for decades. We will miss him.
For Thames Valley Positive Support pages and lovely photos and memories of David, please click here.
If you would like to share any stories, memories or messages of condolence, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you would like us to we will post them on this page.
If you would like to make a donation to the work of KPS in David’s memory, please click here.
From Sheila O’ Leary, Trustee and retired HIV social worker:
I first met David and his late partner, Bill Sloan, back in early 2003. I had started my new job as the specialist social worker for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Little did I know that we were at the beginning of a journey that was both interesting and challenging and a great friendship blossomed.
David and Bill were a very strong, committed and hard-working couple, giving generously in support and care of others, despite their own health issues. David was a founder member of Thames Valley Positive Support, so, with my connections within Cornwall Council and the commitment from David and Bill, I was enlisted in the long journey of making David’s and Bill’s dream of creating a charity, with respite centre, for people with HIV/AIDS in Cornwall.
I worked with David and Bill to find suitable offices for Kernow Positive Support and, with David and Bill’s drive and sheer determination, launched the charity in 2004. However, David’s and Bill dream to have a respite centre in Cornwall never went away.
Sadly, Bill passed away in November 2008 and he never got to see his dream of a respite centre manifest. His love and support, however, was a lasting spur to help David through the finish line and KPS Trebullom respite centre opened in April 2011. Though it is no longer a part of our charity, the profound changes in people’s lives that the centre was able to bring about is a lasting testament to the kindness and commitment of David and Bill.
David was an absolute inspiration and my life was made so much better for him being part of it. Due to David’s failing health, I am afraid I, and many of his friends and colleagues, did not see him as much as we would have liked. Through KPS and his other charitable work, David touched and supported many hundreds of lives, either directly or indirectly. The sadness of his untimely death, will, as we heal, be eclipsed by the memory of his goodness and compassion. Along with the many other people whose lives he touched for the better, I will never forget him.