It is with great sadness and heartache that I announce the sad death of my beloved mother RRMC Sylvia Mary Williams. Despite being in a wheelchair she helped to fundraise a great deal of money towards essential lifesaving public access defibrillator equipment on many occasions seen at supermarket stores and other events with her collection pot. In later life even when she was confined indoors she continued to do drawings for the cause – A true inspiration to RRMC’s achievements for the communities of Cornwall.
The following tribute article from The Cornishman newspaper: – Article from The Cornishman By Olivier Vergnault
The founder of a lifesaving charity has paid tribute to his mother who died from coronavirus.
Paul Williams, the co-founder and secretary of the Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC), paid tribute to his beloved mother who did so much to promote its work.
Sylvia Mary Williams was born on March 3, 1926 at Godolphin Manor in Helston where her father worked as an engineer.
During her early life she worked as a nurse at St Michael’s Hospital in Hayle caring for terminally ill patients under the supervision of nuns who suggested she adopt the name ‘Mary’.
Mary met and married Albert Williams, who served in the Royal Navy and was decorated at Buckingham Palace by King George for his bravery during the infamous HMS Amethyst Yangtse incident in 1949. Albert tragically died in a fatal accident aged only 29, leaving Mary a young widow with two sons, Albert, aged five and Paul, aged three.
Paul said: “Mum worked very hard all her life rearing her two boys who despite hard times, had so much love and were well looked after. Mum was the salt of the earth and was much loved by all who knew her. She was always there for anyone who needed help.”
The charity founder said that from the moment he and his wife Liz set up the charity in memory of her brother who died of a heart attack, with a view to train hundreds of people, especially schoolchildren, to use defibrillators, while also fundraising for more public defibrillators to be installed in the community, his mum was always supportive.
He said: “Mum helped raise funds for many charities before embarking on her final mission with the RRMC. Despite being in a wheelchair she helped to fundraise a great deal of money towards essential lifesaving public access defibrillator (PAD) equipment and on many occasions she was seen at supermarket stores and other events with her collection pot. In later life even when she was confined indoors she continued to do drawings for sale towards the cause.
“It was my mother’s love and compassion that inspired the RRMC’s huge achievements in securing hundreds of PADs and for being responsible for CPR defibrillator training for more than 30,000 people including around 7,000 secondary school students.
“We have a national and international multi-award-winning PAD programme which has helped to save many lives, from an eight-year-old girl to a 95-year-old woman. Our proudest moment as a charity was winning the UK Heart Safe Non-Profit Award in 2018.”
He added: “I am at a loss to express the devastation I am feeling right now. My mother’s passing is the seventh of close people’s deaths in as many weeks., including RRMC’s Les Hosking and two family funerals on successive days.
Mum thank you for always being there for me always thought the best mum in the world. Today my life is shattered devastated at your loss and life will never be the same again without you – May God keep you safe until we meet again – Your ever-loving devoted son Paul.
Original article from The Cornishman By Olivier Vergnault – view online here…