Woman who dedicated life to charity

Mrs Madge Boothroyd (9 June 1989)

Mrs Madge Boothroyd (9 June 1989)

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A WOMAN who founded a charity that helped the mentally ill in Calderdale has died.

Madge Boothroyd died aged 89 at Birkshall Mews, Pellon Lane, Halifax.

Her funeral will be tomorrow at Park Wood Crematorium at 3pm.

Mrs Boothroyd devoted much of her time to charity work and was a co-founder of Hope in Calderdale in 1979, which helped the mentally ill and disabled.

Hope was formed from the women’s committee of Mind, the National Association for Mental Health, to provide a more localised service.

Mrs Boothroyd – who was also president of Calderdale Welsh Society – was chairwoman of Hope for 13 years and helped to organise outings, parties, rehousing and furninshings for people.

She also worked as a bookbinder in Sowerby Bridge at Trew and Edwards, which later become B and E Page.

Mrs Boothroyd and her late husband Tim were also one of the first to move into the post-war prefabricated houses in Rochdale Road, Triangle.

The couple moved in 1947, after their home at The Nook, Sowerby Bridge, flooded in the bad weather of 1946.

The pre-fab homes were given a lifespan of 10 years but Mrs Boothroyd bought her home from the council and lived there for 59 years.

Mrs Boothroyd helped also helped animal charities, including Bleak Hold Animal Sanctuary in Lancashire and she worked in the former The Good As New Shop in Clare Road, Halifax – one of the earliest charity shops.

She leaves two daughters – Eirys and Pamela – three grandchidlren and five great grandchildren.