Death of hospice stalwart Margaret Dennis

A DEDICATED charity worker, who opened Scarborough's first St Catherine's Hospice shop, has died at the age of 79.

Margaret Dennis, of Coldyhill Lane, died at home following a long illness. Mrs Dennis opened the first St Catherine's shop in Castle Road in 1986 having first become involved in charity work in the 1970s.

She was awarded an MBE for her services to the community in the millennium New Year's Honours List.

David Marshall, the hospice's director of funding development, said: "Margaret was a pioneer in starting up the St Catherine's Hospice retail network. She has worked tirelessly over the last 30 years in both fundraising and as the volunteer manager at our Falsgrave Road shop.

"St Catherine's owes a tremendous debt to Margaret and all those other volunteers and we are grateful for the many hours she has given us. "Over the years Margaret has made many friends within the hospice and she will be sadly missed."

As well as her efforts for St Catherine's she raised money for Christian Aid and the Rotary and Inner Wheel clubs and received a community service award from Scarborough Rotary Club in 1992.

Mrs Dennis, who was the widow of former Scarborough cricket captain Geoff Dennis, was a Scarborough Cricket Club life member. She attended Northstead School and the Girls' High School, where she stayed as secretary, and later returned to Northstead to become secretary there.

A mother-of-three, her son Simon played cricket for England schoolboys and England Under-19s and also played for Scarborough. He made his Yorkshire debut while still a teenager, figuring in the Tykes team until 1989, and represented his county alongside the likes of Geoff Boycott and Ray Illingworth.

Her eldest daughter Jayne Roberts works at Scarborough Building Society, while her other daughter Sara Boden runs the Ask Experience salon in Throxenby Lane with her partner Andy King.

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