St Helens councillor passes away aged 69

Councillor Sheila Seddon, who has died aged 69
Councillor Sheila Seddon, who has died aged 69

Tributes have been paid to former St Helens mayor Shelia Seddon who died today after a short illness.

The 69-year-old, who represented the Thatto Heath ward, was described as a “dedicated and energetic” councillor.

Council officials today lowered the Union flag over the town hall as a mark of respect to Coun Seddon.

She fell ill in April this year.

Council leader Barrie Grunewald led the tributes to Coun Seddon, who was first elected in 1999.

“Sheila was a dedicated and energetic councillor who worked tirelessly to help others,” said Coun Grunewald.

“During her year as Mayor she undertook over 500 engagements and will always be remembered as someone who always tried to make life better for people across the borough.”

As well as serving as mayor, Coun Seddon served on several council committees, including the Audit and Financial Monitoring Overview and Scrutiny Panel; the Corporate Parenting Forum and the Overview and Scrutiny Commission.

She was also Chairman of the Environment, Regeneration, Housing, Culture and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Panel.

During her year as Mayor Councillor Seddon divided her fundraising efforts between two charities - the St Helens-based HoneyRose Foundation and the St Helens District Sports Council. Each benefited by almost £6,500.

Both causes were close to Councillor Seddon’s heart.

The HoneyRose Foundation was set up by Lynn Duffy in memory of three of her friends who, despite suffering terminal illnesses, were determined to achieve personal goals for as long as they were able.

The charity helps terminally ill adults of all ages to enjoy their very own special day, event or weekend away.

The District Sports Council is an independent body which aims to improve quality of life by promoting physical, active and healthier lifestyles in whatever sport people choose to participate in regardless of their age or ability.