Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Tributes paid to hospital fundraiser Woman who campaigned in memory of son passes away

- BY OLIVER CLAY

ARUNCORN mother who campaigned for a local hospital for years following the tragic death of her son has died.

Maureen Mainwaring was known as a tireless campaigner whose efforts enabled life-saving equipment to be fitted at Halton General Hospital.

Her passion came in the wake of tragic circumstan­ces in June 1984 when her son James died after he was hit by a car while riding his bike outside the hospital.

The minor injuries unit at the time didn’t have a defibrilla­tor, which might have helped save him, but her fundraisin­g saw enough donations to get one installed.

She continued to support the hospital, receiving accolades including a medal from Pope John Paul II and a Woman of the Year award presented to her by Lord Brian Rix.

An avid Everton FC fan, her campaignin­g also received the support of the club’s legendary manager Howard Kendall. She even had her own charity float during the Runcorn carnival.

A permanent memorial to James was unveiled in Halton General’s grounds in 1993 amid Maureen’s continued support for the hospital.

Maureen, 77, died in Broadgreen Hospital on July 31 following a heart attack, leaving behind husband Stephen and children Karen and Andrew.

Her granddaugh­ter Emma Kearns said: “She ended up raising money to get the defibs for the hospital because it’s not classed as A&E (accident and emergency), it was minor injuries.

“She kept on fundraisin­g for the hospital. If they needed stuff, they’d contact my nan.

“As I say, she used to have her own chart in the hospital with how much she’d raised.”

She added: “The hospital do little things for my uncle. They’ve planted trees and done a little bench for him at the back.”

Describing memories of her nan, Emma said: “She was a very witty woman; she was a little character.

“If she wanted something doing, she’d make sure she got it done, and she was very straight-talking – there was no messing about, if she had something to tell you, she’d tell you.” ● Maureen’s funeral took place at St Edward’s Church on Ivy Street, Runcorn, on Tuesday (August 17).

 ??  ?? ● Howard Kendall, Maureen Mainwaring and another man, identity unknown, with a defibrilla­tor she funded through her fundraisin­g efforts
● Howard Kendall, Maureen Mainwaring and another man, identity unknown, with a defibrilla­tor she funded through her fundraisin­g efforts
 ??  ?? ● Two men have admitted to robbery as Spar, Palacefiel­ds
● Two men have admitted to robbery as Spar, Palacefiel­ds

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