Edna Bishop dies aged 90

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Much-loved Plymouth charity worker Edna Bishop dies aged 90

Edna’s extensive charitable works in support of the local community saw her help co–found the Child Access
Centre at Sherwell UR Church as well as setting up the highly successful Phoenix Tea Bar at Plymouth Magistrates Court in 2003



Edna Bishop MBE passed away on August 15 at Derriford Hospital, just three days after celebrating her 90th birthday with family and friends.

Edna’s extensive charitable works in support of the local community saw her help co–found the Child Access Centre at Sherwell UR Church as well as setting up the highly
successful Phoenix Tea Bar at Plymouth Magistrates Court in 2003

This was staffed on a volunteer basis by a small team and provided an excellent service to those attending the court and working there. The £81,021 raised by the cafe was
used to support ventures such as Devon Air Ambulance, Hasler RNRC supporting
injured service personnel, the Erme Valley Riding for the Disabled, and the Plymouth Women’s Refuge to name a few.

Edna made the last donation of £3,500 of equipment to the Horizon’s children’s sailing
charity in 2016 before the tea bar closed.

The great–grandmother was presented with her MBE by HM The Queen in 2007 for her services to the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS). She held a number of
roles in the service from publicity organiser to managing major initiatives
such as Meals on Wheels and the Local Assist Project which supported local events such as Navy Days. She was also a member of the Emergency Team being ready to be
called out at a moments notice in the event of a local crisis.




Pictured left during her last donation from Phoenix Tea Bar in 2016 (Image: Plymouth Herald)
Eight years prior to the award of her MBE, she was the WRVS Diamond Volunteer of Year, receiving her award at the Savoy Hotel.

Her contributions to the local community in and around Beacon Park where she lived for over 56 years were many and varied too. She was an active member of St Pancras
Church and ran a number of groups such as the Beacon Park Townswomens’ Guild and the Beacon Ladies Group.

One of the citations for her MBE sums up her achievements: “It is difficult to convey on paper the enthusiasm, dedication and selflessness of someone like Edna. She is a small
woman, but her size belies her energy which is formidable.

“She seems able to throw herself wholeheartedly into everything that comes her way. She is a natural leader, and has a calm efficiency which makes people work well with
her. Her warm and caring nature has led to her involvement in a huge variety of
community work, with the young, older people, and those in need.”



Pictured receiving her MBE (Image: Plymouth Herald)

Throughout her 90 years her family attest that she gave so much and took so little — always caring for others; her parents, children, grandchildren, great granddaughter or
her friends and neighbours.

Her sense of humour, boundless energy and unlimited love will be greatly missed.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 2.30pm on Wednesday September 4 at
St Pancras Church.
 
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