Nim Kaur died suddenly at her home in South Shields on August 12, aged 47.
For several years Nim had been a volunteer at WHiST (Women’s Health in South Tyneside) and at the soup kitchen run by Hospitality and Hope within Living Waters Church in South Shields.
Today, the two charities paid tribute to the mum-of-three whose kindness touched all those who she came into contact with.
Hospitality and Hope in Hampden Street provides a food bank service as well as a soup kitchen and clothing bank for people in South Tyneside who may need a helping hand during difficult financial times.
Mrs Kaur, who lived in the Lawe Top area of South Shields, had been a volunteer with the service as a cook for five years prior to the charity moving into its own premises in Hampden Street.
Founder Amelia Luffrum said: “Nim was a very lovable person who was a caring individual, helping others wherever she could.
“Her passion was food and feeding people, and she would often prepare meals for the soup kitchen.
“She had such a big heart, she is going to be a huge miss by all of us here.
“She played a huge part in the success of our soup kitchen, and without her input it may not be what it is today.”
Mrs Kaur also made a huge impression on the volunteers at staff at WHiST where she studied qualifications in the hope of one day becoming a tutor and used her cooking skills to support the charity.
Angela Oxberry, chief executive of the charity said: “Nim was an inspiration to many women. She achieved a great deal during her time here, gaining a qualification to be a tutor was one of her achievements that she was very proud of.
“She was a popular member and went out of her way to support others. She leaves a big gap here and will be a great miss.
“We were all left shocked.”
Women’s Health in South Tyneside (WHiST) aims to improve the health, wellbeing, education and quality of life of women aged over 16 living in South Tyneside.
Services include addressing complex and enduring issues including mental health, physical health, long term conditions and personal progression through counselling services, support groups, courses and activities.
Both charities have passed on their condolences to the family and friends of Mrs Kaur.