We regret to advise that former Hon. Secretary of the charity, Pam Comber MBE, has passed away recently following an illness.
Pam’s contribution to help improve the lives of local people with mental health problems cannot be understated. Pam was instrumental in helping to secure the Resource Centre premises, which the charity still works from, and which she was present at on the opening day in January 1993. Pam continued to help develop and steer the charity, obtaining grants for refurbishments and being the administrative link between staff and Trustees. In 2007 Pam was awarded an MBE for her services to mental health, a much-deserved award reflecting her dedication and commitment to the charity.
Pam was talented in other ways too, one of which was needlework and when she managed to find the time, made all sorts of crafts which were sold at the Centre on open days. She supported fundraising events in the community, in-store collection days at supermarkets, arranged raffles in addition to all the administrative, management and committee duties required and much, much more besides. Pam continued to support the charity as recently as May this year and had only officially retired a few months earlier.
Pam’s voluntary work supporting mental health (for over 30 years at least) was truly inspiring and she touched so many people’s lives. Pam was a joy to work for, had a fantastic sense of humour and was so kind and generous – a very special person. Our thoughts are with Pam’s family at this very sad time.