Susan Moser obituary


My spouse, Susan Moser, who has died aged 76, was well-known domestically for her charity work and companies to the broader neighborhood of Elstree and Borehamwood in Hertfordshire.

For 50 years – impressed by our son Richard, who has studying disabilities – Susan was variously a trustee, vice-chair and chair of Hertsmere Mencap. Within the Nineteen Eighties she created and produced the Zipadeedoo-Day, an annual Mencap fete at which a celeb would begin occasions – Una Stubbs, John Conteh and the actor Rudolph Walker being amongst people who she cold-called and personally persuaded to participate.

For a few years Susan additionally chaired the Crossroads service (offering residence care to native individuals in want), volunteered at an area faculty for youngsters with particular wants and produced quite a few gang exhibits for the native Scouts.

Within the 2000s she had the thought of making an artwork group for lonely and aged individuals which she known as Tickled Pink; and, with the advantage of a nationwide lottery grant, established it as a weekly service. A gifted artist herself, she inspired attenders to color footage to music. Quickly afterwards she additionally established a gaggle known as Up and Away, offering weekly drama periods for youngsters with studying disabilities.

In 2018 Susan got here up with a mission known as Make a Face; which she pitched to native major faculty headteachers to encourage all their college students to color a self-portrait. The outcome was greater than 2,500 laminated A5 self-portraits mounted alongside the size of Borehamwood excessive avenue. For Susan this was about vanity, giving the kids the uncommon alternative to regulate how they seem to the world.

Born in Manchester to Phillip Cohen, a manufacturing supervisor for a raincoat producer, and Anne (nee Krebs), a housewife, Susan attended North Manchester grammar faculty for ladies. She then labored for an promoting company earlier than turning into a receptionist within the Manchester places of work of the Every day Mail newspaper.

We met in 1967 and had been married in 1969, after which she by no means took on a job outdoors the house, preferring to work on a voluntary foundation. As a mature scholar in her 50s she gained her diploma in English and drama and a diploma in drama remedy from the College of Hertfordshire.

In 2012 Hertsmere council recognised Susan’s “good work for the advantage of the residents of the borough” with its annual civic award.

She is survived by me, our three kids, Nick, Richard and Natalie, and three grandchildren, Molly, Paige and Isaac.


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