The founder of local charity Hands Of Hope Wendy Singh has died suddenly. Wendy set up the charity in May 2009 and its sole priority was to help the disadvantaged in our community. Wendy and Selby Hands of Hope have raised thousands of pounds for the area. Over the years Wendy has worked tirelessly for the charity and made large donations to local community groups, schools, charities and the poor. The charity also opened a discount used furniture store which helped families on low income.
Local schools were a large beneficiary of help from the charity. Last winter Wendy helped people who were affected by the flooding. More recently the shop expanded its business opening a second shop from Brook Street onto Gowthorpe. Wendy was often pictured across local press handing cheques to help local schools.
Residents learnt of the sad death of Wendy as a statement was released on the charities Facebook page. It reads below.
''It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the sudden death of our beloved mother Wendy Singh.
If you are just now learning of this, I’m sorry you had to find out this way. It isn't ideal but we felt it the best way to inform people we haven't manage to contact.
We are all devastated and would like to thank you for your kind messages.''
Wendy has made a irreplaceable mark on the town and surrounding villages and her legacy with live on well into the future. We at Selby Everyday worked personally with Wendy Singh during the Tour De Yorkshire Festival week, her steely determination to help people and personable attributes for doing good shone through.
Many residents have left their condelonces on the Facebook Page '' I'm so, so sorry to hear this news. We will all miss her massively at The Rubicon Centre, but nowhere near as much as you will. I'm so sorry and I know I speak on behalf of the whole of the Rubicon Centre, and also from a very personal perspective. I'm very shocked and saddened and will pass this awful news onto my colleagues, whom I'm sure will be in touch. All my thoughts are with you right now. So, so sorry. xxxx With love from Izzy and all her friends at The Rubicon Centre. '' Isobel Grant
'' So sad to hear about the sudden loss of Wendy, such a wonderful lady who did amazing things for the community. Working with your mum at SHOH and showing us what the charity is all about has been a honour. Thinking of you all at this sad time.'' Tracy Senior
''I met Wendy at a very low time in our lives, we lost everything in the December floods. With in days she came in and helped us with so much it was overwhelming almost. She is and always will be a angel 😇 in our hearts. I am very sorry for your loss she will never be forgotten'' Ben Vanderberg
''Shocked and devastated to hear this terrible news. Wendy was an inspiration who worked tirelessly to help others and always did everything she could to help us and the Young People at the Rubicon Centre. Her warmth, kindness and humour will never be forgotten. Her legacy will live on. Wishing you all heartfelt comfort at this sad time. From all at the Rubicon Centre'' Carole Feldman
'' Shocked and saddened to hear of Wendy's death
I have known her from our sons Scouting days, when we organised fundraising barbecue parties. She has always been one to help others and will be missed and certainly remembered by the Selby Community RIP Wendy You are a Legend. '' Ann Wells
'' So sorry for your loss - she worked so hard & made Selby a better place , I loved having a chat & laugh with her when I was in delivery .'' Susan Harrison
If you want to help the charity you can visit the store on Gowthrope which is located next to WHSmiths on the highstreet.
Rip Wendy, from Selby Everyday