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Tribute to East Grinstead woman Lesley Matthews, 82, who died following a collision

13 Mar, 2018 15:48 News
Tribute to East Grinstead woman Lesley Matthews, 82, who died following a collision

The family of an East Grinstead woman who sadly died after she and a car were in collision in Woodlands Road, East Grinstead, have released a moving tribute to her, written by her granddaughter, Steph.

Mrs Lesley Matthews, 82, sustained serious injuries in the incident, which happened at 3.15pm on Tuesday 6 March, and later died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

She leaves a son, two daughters and three grandchildren. 

Steph wrote of her grandmother: "Lesley Matthews, formerly Bridgland, was a true East Grinstead lady; known and loved by so many.

"She was generous beyond her means, a quality which could be seen in the extensive charity work she undertook, most notably for the Red Cross and Activenture at Hindleap Warren, Wych Cross, which organises residential adventure weeks for young people with disabilities and special needs throughout the school holidays.

"Here she touched the lives of so many and will be remembered for her counsel and her cakes. Her dedication to the cause, over many decades, was not unnoticed and had been rewarded with an audience at Buckingham Palace with Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh,, for which her family are very proud.

"Lesley's desire to help others continues even after her death, for she expressed her wishes to donate her body to medical research. Her family intend to honour her wishes, and details of a memorial service to celebrate her life will be circulated in due course.

"Her strength and love, even in her last moments, continue to bring great comfort to her family who will forever feel the void of her passing. Mum, Grandma and friend - a wonderful lady in life, we will always have you in our hearts."

Mrs Matthews's family request that they be allowed privacy in which to grieve.

Police continue to seek any witnesses to the collision. They are asked to contact officers online or by phoning 101, quoting Operation Brancher.



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