We are sorry to hear of the death of Shelah Mitchell (pictured above receiving an award for her community work) who was a well known face in the area. She first became involved as a volunteer for the Rachel Notley Day Centre after the death of her son; Michael in 1986. She soon became Madge Smither’s (the Manager) indispensable ‘right hand man’. No job was too small or too large – she would just quietly look around, see what needed doing and get on with it!
When the Day Centre closed, Shelah took her services to Melvin Hall not only as a volunteer, but as a member of the Management Committee. She attended regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for many years but reduced this to just Mondays and Fridays until August this year when the Melvin Hall Day Centre closed.
Just before the short illness that resulted in her death, Shelah had visited the Bertha James Day Centre in Bromley for an interview to become a volunteer but at the last minute, had decided that she would rather be a normal member as she felt she should get used to the fact that at 89, she should act her age! Sonja Richard, Manager at Bertha James, made her feel very welcome and three days before becoming ill, she spent the whole day at the centre, having her hair done, eating lunch and joining in with a sing-song session and told her family that she would be very happy there.
Shelah made many friends over her years as a volunteer, always had a smile and a few kind words for everybody and enjoyed her years “being useful”!
Thanks to Pam Bradley, her daughter for this tribute. The funeral will be held at Beckenham Crematorium on Thursday 27th October at 2-15pm and afterwards at the Azelia Hall in Croydon Rd, Beckenham. Donations in memory of Shelah can be made to Age Concern Ravensbourne and the Bertha James Day Centre.