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Farewell To A Local Hero

Farewell To A Local Hero


April 6th, 2017

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We learnt this week of the passing of Roger Hurren, who sadly left us on 3rd April. He was an ever willing, able & helpful volunteer at Cherry Lodge &, because of our close connection also with Summer Soulstice.

Whether it was driving the van (always parking it most beautifully, priding himself on the fact that he never had a bump!), putting up gazebos, or assisting in the CL shop in Barnet’s High Street. Roger was a hugely capable & competent carpenter, even making & presenting a beautiful leather chair to Margaret Clark, CL’s chairman.

Roger will be well & truly missed as he was so universal in what he did. He & some of his friends at CL started a Tuesday drop in raffle with all proceeds to the charity. He sang in the choir & worked exceptionally hard at each & every fund raising event. At our own Soulstice events he would always be part of the CL team & there can be few people who did not meet Roger at some time or other. Always busy, rarely resting.

Dave James, chair of the Soulstice committee said of Roger, “He used to shout at me from the shelter of the Cherry Lodge stand or underneath the gazebo at The Big Payback when it was bucketing down, ‘Keep smiling!’ … & I’d return a sickly grin at best.” While fellow Soulstice committee main man Gilo said, “Roger always bought a sense of calm to proceedings”.

The last year was a very difficult one for Roger, his cancer returned & he had months of treatment, travelling to & from the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

The only thing he bitterly complained about, was that he no longer had the energy he once had & was unable to help fundraising for the charity which he loved so much & which was so very important to him. Hopefully he will know just how important he was to all of us.

Rest in peace Roger.

(Freddy Kater, Cherry Lodge Cancer Care)

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