The family of a grandmother from East Grinstead, who died after a car collided with her in the town, have described her as someone who was ‘generous beyond her means’.
Lesley Matthews, 82, sustained serious injuries following the collision earlier this month, and she later died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
She leaves behind a son, two daughters and three grandchildren.
A family tribute, written by her granddaughter Steph, said:
“Lesley Matthews, formerly Bridgland, was a true East Grinstead lady, known and loved by so many.
“She was generous beyond her means, a quality which could be seen in the extensive charity work she undertook, most notably for the Red Cross and Activenture at Hindleap Warren, Wych Cross, which organises residential adventure weeks for young people with disabilities and special needs throughout the school holidays.
“Here, she touched the lives of so many and will be remembered for her counsel and her cakes.
“Her dedication to the cause, over many decades, was not unnoticed and had been rewarded with an audience at Buckingham Palace with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, for which her family are very proud.
“Lesley’s desire to help others continues even after her death, for she expressed her wishes to donate her body to medical research.
“Her family intend to honour her wishes, and details of a memorial service to celebrate her life will be circulated in due course.
“Her strength and love, even in her last moments, continue to bring great comfort to her family who will forever feel the void of her passing.
“Mum, grandma and friend – a wonderful lady in life, we will always have you in our hearts.”
Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses following the incident in Woodlands Road at 3.15pm on March 6.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police online here, or call 101, quoting Operation Brancher.