Sheila Hurton

How we started

UKFTSH was founded in 2005 and evolved from the links made between its director and the former Chair of UKFTSH, the late, and much missed, Sheila Hurton. It was Sheila’s love of music which led her to establish ‘Voices for Hospices’ and through it the connection with Gabriel Madiye, director of The Shepherds Hospice, Sierra Leone (TSH).

Sheila became Gabriel’s staunch supporter and a vital link with the wider world through the dark days of the vicious civil war in Sierra Leone (1990-2002) which saw two hospice buildings destroyed in addition to Gabriel and families personal suffering.

Sheila set about raising funds for its replacement and soon attracted others to the cause. In 2004 (at an age when many would be quietly basking in retirement!) she was able to visit Sierra Leone for the first time accompanied by Trustees Ruth and Jacqui. Following that visit these three, together with Sheila’s husband Michael, co-founded UKFTSH to support the work both financially and in an advisory capacity where asked to do so.

Sheila was able to visit TSH for a second time in 2007 and would certainly have gone again had her health allowed. Sadly Sheila died on July 28th 2011 after a feisty battle, but her legacy lives on.

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