A LOVING tribute has been paid to a mother who spent her life caring for others.
Wendy Richardson, , from Portchester, passed away aged 73 after a career as a nurse and a foster carer.
Daughter Claire Colley said Mrs Richardson was a caring person who touched many lives. Claire, 35, said: ‘She was the most wonderful and beautiful woman ever. She always put everyone else ahead of herself.’
Mrs Richardson (pictured) was born in Bayly Avenue in Portchester, where she lived for most of her life.
She worked as a theatre sister at St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth, where she won a ‘Golden Stork’ award for her work in infertility treatment.
After retiring in the 1990s, she took up fostering and devoted herself to making a difference in the community.
She always put everyone else ahead of herselfWendy Richardson
Claire said: ‘She helped run the village fair for many years and helped raise a lot of money for different charities.
‘I can remember her swimming from pier to pier in Southsea dressed as a clown for charity in the 1990s.’
Mrs Richardson also lectured to social care students at universities about what it was like to be a foster carer and organised trips for foster children. She was awarded an MBE for her services to foster care.
Claire said: ‘She was always kind and generous.
‘She also had a wicked sense of humour.’
Mrs Richardson’s funeral will take place on September 16 at St Mary’s Church in Portchester.