Recorded as a Patron of the British Pestalozzi Children’s Village Association in 1950.
Later, recorded as a Vice President of the Pestalozzi Children’s Village Trust in 1963.
Thorndike’s specific contribution to the charity remains undiscovered at this time – beyond her involvement for at least thirteen years.
A coincidental fact links her to another aspect of our Pestalozzi community. Her husband, actor and director Lewis Casson, was the uncle of architect, Sir Hugh Casson CH, KCVO, PRA, RDI. Along with Neville Conder, their company, Casson Conder Partnership Architects, designed the first new permanent building for the Pestalozzi Children’s Village, International House (subsequently renamed Sainsbury House), which remains in active use today.
Biographical and photo source:
Sybil Thorndike. (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved. 14 August 2015 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sybil_Thorndike