Edith Oakley, a former Radlett resident, sadly passed away on December 27 at the age of 103.
Edith founded the Radlett and Borehamwood branch of The Leukaemia Research Fund (now Blood Cancer UK) after her son, John, died from leukaemia. She vowed not to stop raising funds until a cure was found.
When she first started supporting the charity, the rate of survival for leukaemia patients was very slim, whereas now it is more than 95 per cent.
During her 60 years of volunteering, Edith has raised around £250,000 for Blood Cancer UK and was their longest-standing supporter.
In 2019, Edith was named as the winner of The Times/Sternberg Active Life Award, which was established to celebrate the outstanding contributions people aged over 70 had made to public life. Edith was presented with her award at 10 Downing Street.
Helen Rowntree, chief executive of Blood Cancer UK, said: “It’s without question that Edith’s pioneering courage and selfless efforts have helped ensure other families don’t have to experience the same terrible loss that she did.
“For decades, we as a charity have been driven forward by people coming together and channelling their determination to achieve the extraordinary, and no one better exemplified this than Edith.”