Funeral date set for South Tyneside community champion Anne Seymour

Anne Seymour is presented with the BEM.
Anne Seymour is presented with the BEM.
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A date has been set for family and friends to pay their final respects to a South Tyneside community champion.

Anne Seymour touched the lives of so many during her years as a hospital surgeon at Ingham Infirmary and in her role as a volunteer.

News of her death earlier this month left many within the community devastated.

A church service will take place on Tuesday at St Gregory’s Church, just off Borough Road, in South Shields, at 6.30pm.

It will be followed by a service at South Shields Crematorium on Wednesday at 2pm.

Miss Seymour, from the Lonnen, South Shields, was a member of the borough’s Churches Together group for several decades.

She also founded the STARCH (South Tyneside Asylum Seeker and Refugee Church Help), a support service and drop-in centre back in 1999.

Her selfless work as a volunteer earned her a royal honour. The MBE was presented to her at a dedicated event held at Living Waters Church in South Shields.

Miss Seymour, who for years battled a number of health problems, passed away in her sleep at the age of 80.

Her family say, before she died Miss Seymour requested only basic flowers at her funeral and any donations made should be in aid of STARCH - the charity she had created.

Meanwhile, members of her family have launched a Crown Funding page on the Just Giving website in the hope of raising the £1,000 needed to site a bench in her memory either in the grounds of St Gregory’s Church or within the hospital.

Any monies left over will be put towards a plaque in her honour to be placed at either Ingham House or the A&E department within South Tyneside District Hospital.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the crowdfunding page visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Tracey-jo-anne-higgins