Com­mu­nity pays trib­ute Ador­ing mum Glenda ‘never once gave up’

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Robin JENKINS [email protected]­

Glen gave it her all. She was brave and told the spe­cial­ist, ‘I will give this a fight’ Sister,

An­gela Walker

TRIB­UTES from across Tewkes­bury have been paid to Glenda Brady, the mother of well-known dis­abled teenager Le­vana Han­son.

The 54-year-old, who was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour in March this year, died on Thurs­day night.

She was known by many for be­ing the mother of Le­vana, the 18-year-old who has featured in the news for much of her life, af­ter hav­ing her legs am­pu­tated as a baby when she con­tracted menin­gi­tis.

Le­vana has touched hearts across the coun­try with her de­ter­mi­na­tion to be ac­tive de­spite her dis­abil­ity. For ex­am­ple, she be­came one of Bri­tain’s best swimmers in the S8 cat­e­gory.

Her mum was there by her side through some dif­fi­cult times as she grew up, sup­port­ing her and rais­ing money for her needs and for Menin­gi­tis char­i­ties.

Glenda’s sister, An­gela Walker, praised her bravery.

She said on Face­book: “Glen gave it her all. She was brave and told the spe­cial­ist ‘I like straight talk. I will give this a fight.’ And boy did she.”

She added: “Not once did that girl give up. Ev­ery step of the way she fought and looked for pos­i­tives.”

Karen Harper posted on Face­book: “Glenda was a true in­spi­ra­tion, an amaz­ing mother who I’ve al­ways been

in awe of.

“She coped with so much yet still had time for oth­ers, she was so kind to me when I lost my mum 10 years ago.

“The mould was bro­ken with Glenda, she goes to join the best peo­ple who have gone be­fore us.”

Edith Preedy, also com­ment­ing on Face­book, said: “Glenda was one of a kind. She was so lov­ing to­wards every­one. I for one will re­mem­ber our wild nights out. Al­ways up for a laugh and boy did we laugh.”

Glenda played for Tewkes­bury Rugby Club’s women’s team.

The club said, on its Face­book page: “Glenda was a mas­sive part of Tewkes­bury Rugby Club and played rugby for the women for over 10 seasons.

“Taken from us and her fam­ily far too young. Thinking of Glenda’s fam­ily at this sad time.

Sleep tight Lumpy. Xxxx.” The fu­neral will be held in Tewkes­bury Abbey, at 1.30pm on Sep­tem­ber 20.

Glenda Hill. Right, Le­vana Han­son and her mum Glenda back in 2007

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