BORN LONDON, MARCH 6, 1938. DIED LONDON, SEPTEMBER 3, 2009, AGED 71.
FUNDRAISER PAT Braman raised over £300,000 for the London Chest Hospital, Bethnal Green, after a heart bypass operation. The operation followed a heart attack she suffered at 41. Overjoyed at the difference it made to her quality of life, she started the Mulberry Heart Association in 1982, helped by her husband and late mother, Lily, who had her own background in fundraising and organising dances for troops in the Second World War. Pat was founder-chariman.
Born Patricia Cohen, Pat was evacuated from east London to Bishop’s Stortford in the war, and married Gerald Braman in 1959. After running a shop in Croydon, Surrey, they bought a Jewish residential home, John Hyman House, in Ilford, Essex, which they ran for 30 years from the mid-1970s.
In 1992 Pat became vice-chairman, still raising money to buy equipment such as an ultrasound machine. In 2006 she was appointed MBE for services to healthcare in east London.
A tireless worker, with a flow of innovative ideas, she also volunteered at King George’s Hospital, Ilford, and was a member of Newbury Park Synagogue.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters, a son and five grandsons.