For those of you who don't know, Mum was tragically killed following a road traffic collision last May. Not only was this a huge loss for her friends and family but for many people in the wider Wanstead Community.
We were honoured to read so many wonderful tributes and thanks written in the local press. Her obituary in Wansteadium was the most read article in 2019.
As many of you know, Mum was one of the most community-minded people you could ever meet. She was active in the community all her life - from school PTAs to organising street parties to bring neighbours together (sometimes for the first time) and to celebrate the community. She was also part of the Wanstead Neighbourhood Watch team and ward panels to help keep the community safe. In 2017, she received an award from the Mayor of Redbridge for 'Creating a Safer Neighbourhood'. She also shared many wise words of advice and consolation on the Wanstead Community Hub and even created a jigsaw puzzle of Wanstead which she sold at the farmers market.
Mum was a friend to so many - she would do anything to help someone in need. She cared for everyone, especially the old and vulnerable, and she hated injustice. When something was wrong and needed resolving nobody was more tenacious than our Mum.
Mum loved Wanstead - she said it was 'a very special community' so in her memory, we'd like to put a bench in Wanstead High Street in memory of this very special person.
The new bench will be situated outside the Co-Op in the High Street. When it's in place, we know she'd love you to join her to stop and chat.
Any money raised in excess of our target will be put back into the local community to help others.