Obituary: Plaistow fundraiser Marie Hammond dies aged 81
PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 August 2018
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A fundraiser who collected more than £85,000 for charity in her daughter’s memory has died aged 81.
Marie Hammond, nee Murphy, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, August 18, following a short illness.
She was born in Custom House in 1936, although she spent most of her life in Plaistow.
She remained in east London during the war, attending St Joachim’s Catholic Primary School in Custom House then St Angela’s Ursuline School.
Her four brothers were all boxers, but Marie’s passion was dancing, and she performed as a youngster with the Peggy O’Farrell Dance School.
In 1956, she married Fred Hammond, a haulage contractor, at St Anne’s Church, Custom House.
They went on to have three children, Suzanne, now 61, Tony, 57, and Sarah, who was 24 when she was killed in a road accident in August 1997.
Marie and Fred began to raise money in Sarah’s memory, organising the annual Sarah Hammond Fun Run aas a tribute to their daughter, who represented Newham and Essex Beagles in the 800m.
Fred died in 2004, but Marie continued organising and taking part in the fun run and also spent 15 years as a volunteer with Richard House Children’s Hospice in Beckton.
At the most recent fun run, she presented a cheque for £85,000 that she had helped to raise for Barts Charity.
Marie also received the Mayor’s Community Award for her fundraising and charity work, and was taken as a special guest on the bus through London at the Lord Mayor’s Show in January 2006.
Her daughter Suzanne Sharp said: “Her story is that of a quiet and modest woman, who after a difficult childhood in wartime, found an inner strength in later life, to get out of her comfort zone and help other people in her community and beyond.
“She was the first person to visit sick and elderly friends and neighbours.
“She was very close to her family, enjoying lots of fun times with everyone.”
Suzanne added that Marie adored her four grandchildren, Sophie, Max, Harry and Georgia.
A funeral mass will take place at The Convent, Bethell Avenue, Canning Town, on Wednesday, September 5, followed by a cremation at East London Cemetery and Crematorium.