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Bucks cat rescue charity founder dies
A MUCH-loved Bucks charity founder who dedicated her life to rescuing stray and unwanted cats has died aged 89.
A dedicated animal lover, Marjorie Nash helped re-home thousands of cats since she started Marjorie Nash Cat Rescue in 1994.
The mother-of-two founded the charity, which now has catteries in Amersham and Chesham Bois, after moving to Bucks from her native Rochdale and settling in Widmer End.
It was from this house in Snowdrop Way that Mrs Nash ran her much-loved venture, which has four full-time volunteers as well as a team of helpers.
She died in Stoke Mandeville Hospital on Saturday, August 17 from kidney failure following a stroke.
And son and daughter Graham and Ursula Nash have vowed to help carry on the work of their mother, a headstrong character with strident views on protecting animals.
Miss Nash said: "It’s just a real shock she’s gone. She was such a big campaigner, and she did things her way that’s for sure.
"I remember her getting annoyed with all the rules and regulations with the RSPCA, so she just decided to start up her own charity instead.
"She didn’t want all the admin getting in the way, all she ever wanted to do was helps animals and loved being surrounded by cats."
Volunteer Cindy Bailey, who runs the Amersham cattery from her garden, said: "Marjorie was still very involved with the charity until about three years ago when she became unable to.
"She has been involved all her life really, and we all worked together as a great team.
"Marjorie called black black and white white, maybe it was her northern upbringing, but she always meant well and only ever wanted the best for the cats.
"She will be sadly missed and we will certainly all keep the work going in her memory for as long as we possibly can."
Mrs Nash’s Funeral will take place at the Hampden Chapel at the Chiltern Crematorium in Amersham on Friday, August 30 at 10.15am.
Her family have asked that any donations go to her charity, Marjorie Nash Cat Rescue.
More information on the charity and its work can be found at www.marjorienashcatrescue.org.uk