DAPHNE HART,THE FOUNDER OF the Thurrock charity Holiday Homes for the Handicapped has died.
Daphne, of Recreation Avenue in Corringham was also a lifelong member of the Conservative Party. Two years ago she received an award from David Cameron for exceptional service to the party.
Daphne was a member of the Basildon and District Conservative Party since 1952.
But she will be most fondly remembered for the sterling work she did providing holidays for the handicapped.
Her husband is Corringham and Fobbing councillor, Ian Harrison.
Daphne fell ill earlier in the year and never fully recovered.
A full list of tributes will appear later.