Tributes to ‘character’ Linda who was ‘turning life around’
TROUBLED WOMAN DIES AT AGE OF 50
SUPPORT group workers have told of their sadness after a well-known Burton character who was starting to “turn her life around” died suddenly.
Workers at voluntary community groups Burton Hope and Burton Soup Kitchen have expressed their upset following the death of Linda Grimes.
Through tears, Burton Soup Kitchen’s Mick Cramp described Miss Grimes as a “character” who was trying to improve her life before her untimely death at the age of just 50.
The soup kitchen is charity run and provides meals for homeless people in the town.
John Anderson, of Burton Hope which provides support to homeless across the town, also paid tribute saying that volunteers had a lot of “banter” with Miss Grimes.
She had often found herself in court over the years for shoplifting offences and for breaching her criminal behaviour order and had been imprisoned on several occasions.
However, Mr Cramp said she had been trying to turn her life around and he and several other members of his staff had actually been writing to her in prison.
He said: “She came in occasionally but not just lately because she was in prison. We did get on with her very well. There was never any trouble from her.
“We started writing to her when I found out she was in Foston Prison.
“We think she was happy in there because she was learning something and trying to improve her life. I think she was trying to find God.
“We were trying to get her to believe in herself if she could. She didn’t realise that so many people cared about her.
“She gave us a nice reply. She was grateful that someone was thinking of her. She was a character.
“We did find her wanting at times because there was no structure for prisoners when they come out of prison.
“She wanted to break the circle but all her friends were like they are. She wished she could move to Stoke and into a new regime which might have made her break the habit.
“She was trying to move away from her original circle of friends.
“She was all right with us. She would talk to some of our staff and we would help her.
“I have known her for many years since we were in Moseley Street. Sometimes she would come in every week but then weeks and weeks would sometimes go by and we wouldn’t see her. I still can’t believe it.”
Mr Anderson, from Burton Hope, which also helps homeless people, said: “Our volunteers that worked with Linda are saddened to hear of her untimely passing.
“We always had a laugh and a joke and a lot of banter with Linda and we will miss her dearly. I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Linda’s family on behalf of Burton Hope.”
Miss Grimes died on September 28 and her funeral was held on Thursday, October 11 and was described by Mr Anderson as “very well attended”.
Donations will be made to the RSPCA and can be made online by visiting the website www.funeralzone. co.uk/obituaries/52199.