Celebrating the life of Hilda Smith

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Hilda died on March 27th at the age of 94. In January we reported that she had received an MBE for services to vulnerable and older people in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.

She joined the Co-operative Womens’ Guild in 1957 and in  1990, received a Shadow Ministry for Women and Equality award for furthering the cause of equality for women.

A former social worker, nurse and carer over the past 50 years, she was a joint founder of the Welsh Food Alliance, which has helped to raise the issue of malnutrition among the elderly. Recently she became a member of the National Partnership Forum for older people – set up by the Welsh Government – which is concerned with medicines, maladministration, malnutrition, and the importance of community services in helping older people to remain independent in their own homes.

A few of her other activities are listed here:

  • serving on a Regional and District Health Authority;
  • serving on the National Joint Committee of Working Women;
  • acting as a director of the former Woking Society;
  • chairing the Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society’s Political Committee;
  • and helping to set up the Newport branch of U3A, which provides learning opportunities for older people.

A celebration of her life will take place at Canton Uniting Church , Cardiff, on May 2nd at 2.30 pm.

A remarkable – and concerned – co-operator, she was known to many reading this blog. We extend our sympathy to her son David, another very active co-operator.  Tributes may be posted on the Progressive Co-operators’ website.

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