‘Amaz­ing’ former coun­cil­lor loses her bat­tle with cancer

Friends pay trib­ute to woman who sup­ported refugee chil­dren

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a former Hillingdon coun­cil­lor and so­cial worker who died on Septem­ber 4, aged 58.

Jane Rose served on Hillingdon Coun­cil be­tween 1986 and 1990 and was once the deputy leader of the Labour group.

She also cared for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in the bor­ough, worked as a so­cial worker and sup­ported refugee chil­dren through­out her life.

Pay­ing trib­ute, friend Chris Bearfield said: “I have much ad­mi­ra­tion for the way that Jane faced her per­sonal chal­lenges with strength, courage and pos­i­tiv­ity, al­ways smiling and see­ing the best in every sit­u­a­tion.”

A former col­league, Brin, said: “I am hon­oured and blessed to have known Jane as a col­league and friend.

“She was truly amaz­ing and so com­mit­ted and pas­sion­ate about ad­vo­cat­ing for chil­dren.”

Jane, who died at Hillingdon Hos­pi­tal, was first di­ag­nosed with breast cancer in 2003.

In 2015, the cancer re­turned and spread, which spurred Jane to set up her own busi­ness of­fer­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence as a so­cial worker to an agency which worked with refugee chil­dren.

Jane con­tin­ued her work with refugees un­til June this year, when the cancer made it im­pos­si­ble for her to con­tinue.

Jane and her hus­band David Wil­liams moved to Uxbridge in 1984, where Jane worked at a day cen­tre in Hillingdon car­ing for dis­abled peo­ple.

She later went on to train as a so­cial worker and sup­ported vul­ner­a­ble young mums.

In 1995 she vis­ited Nepal for the first time, where she helped a young girl with her ed­u­ca­tion.

Jane trav­elled to Nepal twice more to help those in need.

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I am hon­oured and blessed to have known Jane as a col­league and friend”

keen com­mu­nity ac­tivist, she had also been a school gover­nor, sup­ported the set­ting up of the Women’s Cen­tre and Women’s Refuge in Hillingdon and cham­pi­oned Lit­tle Bri­tain Lake to en­cour­age peo­ple to use it.

In fact, Jane started to make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives at an early age.

When she was just 12 she spot­ted a let­ter in the Sun­day Times, crit­i­cis­ing peo­ple who went to com­pre­hen­sive schools.

Dis­ap­prov­ing, she wrote to the news­pa­per say­ing peo­ple should not crit­i­cise or judge oth­ers based on the school they went to. The Sun­day Times sent a pho­tog­ra­pher round and Jane was pic­tured with her let­ter in the pa­per.

Jane’s dy­ing wish was for her sis­ter Sara RoseMcMullen to be with her at the end of her life, which she was.

She was sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily and was vis­ited by the Labour MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton John McDon­nell.

Be­fore her death, Jane was able to at­tend her grand­son’s 18 birth­day party at the Malt Shovel pub, in Cow­ley, in Au­gust.

n PAS­SION­ATE: Jane Rose

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