Community pays tribute Adoring mum Glenda ‘never once gave up’
Glen gave it her all. She was brave and told the specialist, ‘I will give this a fight’ Sister,
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