It is with deep sadness that we have to share the news that our much-loved colleague and friend Keely Barton, our Customer Services Manager, has passed away after many stoic years of living with cancer.
Keely radiated positivity and courage during this difficult time, leaving many unaware she was unwell. Keely had such a passion for her work that she was still working up until the week before she died – not wanting to rest nor let anyone down, and working like everything was just as it should be.She loved her work, and we loved her. Keely was like one of the family and we will miss her sorely.
Keely had been with Wallis for over 30 years. She taught us all a great deal from her vast experience and would always go the extra mile. She would regularly meet with clients and partners – always putting the customer first. She worked closely with many departments within Wallis while looking after existing customers and new enquiries.
Over the years, Keely travelled extensively across Europe, the far east, and North America for various logistic roles, events and conferences. The USA was always her favourite place to visit. Whilst abroad she met many clients and agents, who all considered her a close friend. People who were lucky enough to meet Keely never forgot her – her laugh and energy, her spirit. Best of all she always bought life and soul to the party!
Thank you to those who have shared their condolences with the team at Wallis while we have been coming to terms with her loss. The amount of messages really is a testament to Keely and how much she was loved and admired around the world. Please continue to bear with the teams at Wallis while we come to terms with losing our wonderful friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and family at this sad time.
Keely was always one for fundraising and was always the first to ensure Wallis supported local good causes. For those who would like to donate in Keely’s memory, her husband and family have asked for help to raise funds for 12 new blood pressure machines at Colchester Hospital, where Keely was treated.
The large sum of £22,000 needs to be raised to achieve this, however, within the first three days Keely’s family, friends, colleagues and some of our lovely clients have already helped to raise a staggering £15,000! If you would like to donate to this great cause in Keely’s memory, please visit:
The team at Wallis Shipping