A woman who was Norfolk's oldest papergirl, and was made an MBE for her community charity work, has died aged 95.Violet Reader from Sutton near Stalham did the village paper round for more than 40 years, seven of them using a mobility buggy, until finally having to give up in December 2005 because of failing health.
A woman who was Norfolk's oldest papergirl, and was made an MBE for her community charity work, has died aged 95.
Violet Reader from Sutton near Stalham did the village paper round for more than 40 years, seven of them using a mobility buggy, until finally having to give up in December 2005 because of failing health.
But the former cancer patient also raised thousands of pounds for good causes close to home and abroad as well as being a stalwart in her local Methodist chapel for more than 20 years.
Mrs Reader moved to Norfolk when her late husband Frank left the Navy 50 years ago, and quickly got involved in village life.
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She enjoyed meeting people, and also keeping an eye out for the sick and troubled, on paper round on board her motor scooter. Even a hip operation after an accident did not stop her, as she switched to her buggy nine years ago rather than give up.
Finally heart and breathing problems made it impossible to continue about two years ago, when she said: “I do need a rest. I have not stopped all these years.”
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Mrs Reader's fund-raising has involved sales of potted plants from her garden, along with organising jumble sales and community events, with the efficiency and authority of a five-star general.
The money went to causes including the regional air ambulance, children's hospices, cancer charities, African famine relief and Romanian orphanages.
It also helped Sutton Methodist Chapel, where her work as a steward ranged from cleaning to organising preachers, and even taking a service to a nearby residential home.
She was made an MBE in the 2003 birthday honours list in recognition of her services to the community, taking a rare day off from her deliveries to collect her award from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The nomination by the church, described her as “an ordinary lady in a small Norfolk village”, who was actually extraordinary.
Mrs Reader, from The Street, Sutton, died at the Brunswick House nursing home on January 8 where she had been for three weeks. She leaves three sons, Frank, Reginald and Graham, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at Sutton Methodist Church on Wednesday January 16 at 2pm.