Supergran was charity champion
Dedicated fund-raiser Eileen Smith dies aged 85
SHE was known as supergran, wonderwoman and other equally complimentary names to mark her absolute dedication to fund-raising for a charity.
And 85-year-old Eileen Smith, of Gore Hill, Ashford, deserved every word of praise for her efforts over a quarter of a century to raise £110,267 for the Kent Autistic Trust.
Mrs Smith died peacefully at the William Harvey hospital on Sunday knowing how much the charity that cares for her beloved grandson David from Willesborough has been helped by her efforts.
That fact was recognised four years ago when she was named as an honor- ary life member of the charity.
Her fund-raising began when she started sending handwritten letters to well-known people across the world. The replies from the many film stars and politicians who responded were then auctioned.
Mrs Smith also found she had a special knack of persuasion with companies, that saw them donate hundreds of prizes for her annual Christmas draw. More funds were raised by knitting and making toys.
In millennium year, after praising her great fund-raising contribution, the Soroptimist Club named her Ashford Woman of the Year.