Welwyn Garden City charity mourns “fiercely passionate” CEO

PUBLISHED: 11:29 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:29 06 March 2018

Annabelle Waterfield. Picture: Danny Loo.

Annabelle Waterfield. Picture: Danny Loo.

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A Welwyn Garden City-based charity is coming to terms with the death of its inspirational chief executive of 30 years.

Annabelle Waterfield, who was in charge at Hertfordshire Action on Disability (HAD), passed away on Tuesday, February 27, after having cancer for 18 months.

“Annabelle was fiercely passionate about the welfare, well-being and rights of disabled people,” the charity’s chairman Nigel Dotchin said.

“She was a fantastic ambassador for HAD and was well-known and respected by all those who met her.”

HAD enable older and disabled people to lead an independent life and have been doing so for sixty years.

“Annabelle was also a brilliant networker with a friendly and persuasive manner and this was matched by her formidable memory,” Nigel continued.

“We owe it to Annabelle to continue providing HAD’s vital services long into the future, it’s what she would have wanted and expected.”

Dennis Lewis, former councillor, who has known Annabelle for 30 years and counted her as a good friend, paid tribute to a “shining example” of a person.

Mr Lewis said: “Another lovely person and a power for good, taken from us in untimely fashion.

“She did a lot of great work for the elderly and those with disabilities.

“She is another person who we shall miss so much, but I feel so fortunate to have known her.

“I admired her. She was a shining example to us all. Annabelle was unique, she is irreplaceable.”

Annabelle’s funeral will take place at 2pm on Wednesday, March 14, at West Herts Crematorium, Garston, in Watford.

For more information on HAD visit www.hadnet.org.uk or call 01707 324581.

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