Lillian May Logan, known as May was a familiar face around Bootle. Her involvement and commitment to the local community reflected the hopes for the Centre so it seemed a fitting tribute to name it after her.
Born on 1st May 1914, May went on to be educated at Westminster School for Girls in Liverpool, later studying at the College of Commerce in Crosby.
During the war years, her service in the Civil Defence saw her rise to the rank of Senior Warden. After the war she began her career in journalism, becoming well known for her Auntie Margaret’s children’s column in the Bootle Times, and founded the Bootle Carnival, which ran for 20 years.
In 1969, May took over as editor of the Bootle Times, when women were rarely offered such positions, and was an active magistrate who also sat on vaious charity committees. Later in life, May became Chairwoman of the Bootle and Litherland Abbeyfield, a charity providing housing with care to older people. May was an extraordinary woman and her legacy of child welfare and self-help can still be felt by families today.
May received an MBE in the Jubilee year of 1977 for Services to the Community: she died on 15th December 1995 and was laid to rest in Bootle cemetery.
When NHS and LHT were developing the idea of a healthy living centre in the late 90s, the then Chairman of LHT, Canon Neville Black, suggested that it should be named in memory of May and the May Logan Healthy Living Centre was born.