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Tributes flood in for community stalwart

TRIBUTES have been paid to a local woman who dedicated her life to charity and community projects.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a local woman who dedicated her life to charity and community projects.

Hilda Cain, from Hall Green, had helped set up a number of initiatives and was once invited to meet Princess Anne.

The 94-year-old was a regular at events like the Shirley Donkey Derby and helped set up an organisation for the disabled.

Daughter-in-law Mary said that Hilda had many friends in the local community and kept herself busy.

“She had a lung disease and had to have an operation when she was 21, so the doctors didn’t think that she would have a long life,” she said.

“But despite that, she remained active and went on to help all these projects and good causes.

“She was very good at knitting - she was always knitting something - and used to do cuddly toys for the Donkey Derby.”

In 1980, Hilda was invited to meet Princess Anne, at the opening of the Shirley Centre, on Stratford Road.

She also helped raise money for two ambulances and was involved with the Elizabeth House care home.

Despite her advancing years, the well-known pensioner continued to live on her own - in Shaftmoor Lane.

She died earlier this month and a funeral was held at Robin Hood Crematorium.

Hilda leaves behind one son, Malcolm, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

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