Warsash charity campaigner Hilda Crockford dies aged 82

Hilda Crockford with a picture of her son
Hilda Crockford with a picture of her son
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a woman who campaigned to raise money for research into asthma following the tragic death of her son and husband.

Hilda Crockford, of Greenaway Lane, Warsash, set up the Paul-Bernard Asthma Research Fund and raised thousands of pounds following the loss of her son Paul due to a sudden asthma attack at the age of 14 in 1980.

Mrs Crockford’s husband, Bernard, also died due to the chronic condition at the age of 34 in 1964, before he could learn that his wife was pregnant with their second child, son Paul.

Her daughter Beverley Boddey, of Cosham, and grandsons Adam, 13, and Paul, 22, paid tribute to the woman who did so much for others after suffering such devastating tragedy herself.

Mrs Crockford was born in Germany and moved to the UK when she was 18, living in Surrey for a time before settling in Warsash with husband Bernard.

Mrs Crockford died of an aneurysm in her car at the Locks Heath Shopping Village on Tuesday, July 8, aged 82.

She was well-known for working for many years in the Galleon Stores, in Warsash, and at the One Stop, in Sarisbury Green, as well as for growing produce, especially strawberries, and selling it on her land in Warsash.

Her funeral will be held tomorrow at 2.30pm at Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, Hedge End.

All are welcome to the funeral, the family has requested no flowers with donations made payable to the practice manager at Lockswood Surgery, Centre Way, Locks Heath.

A wake will be held afterwards at the family home in Greenaway Lane, Warsash.