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Kathy Bracken who fought for Wapping pensioners dies at 73


Campaigner Kathy Bracken, who took on Tower Hamlets Council to attempt to cease Wapping pensioners’ membership being evicted from Raine’s House, has died. 

She handed away (*73*) 73 after dropping a battle with most cancers along with her household round her, after being taken sick (*73*) the peak of the Covid disaster. 

Kathy famously led a protest to the city corridor in 2018 after the membership was given discover to give up Raine’s House after 4 many years. 

Kathy's protest outside Raine's House after having their keys taken away

Kathy’s protest exterior Raine’s House after having their keys taken away

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She mobilised pensioners with demos exterior the constructing in Raine Street, off Wapping Lane, after the membership’s possessions have been eliminated. 

Kathy complained to the East London Advertiser (*73*) the time: “We can’t even get again in to tidy up as a result of they took away our keys and our vacuum cleaners which have been purchased with membership funds.

“Our two computer systems have been additionally eliminated and our workplace furnishings dumped within the yard.” 

Kathy Bracken addresses Tower Hamlets Council in plea to save Wapping pensioners' club in 2018

Kathy Bracken addresses Tower Hamlets Council in plea to avoid wasting Wapping pensioners’ membership in 2018

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Kathy had been concerned with the membership for a few years and was accountable for reserving its weekly leisure.  

Her sister Sheila Smith, 76, who helped organise the marketing campaign, paid her personal tribute to the preventing grandmother. 

“Kathy did rather a lot for the neighborhood in Wapping,” Sheila stated. “She was there for everybody and was at all times the primary to type issues out, which is why she took up the struggle with the council.  

“We’ve had so many messages of condolence and numerous calls from the folks of Wapping with playing cards and flowers.”

The membership, which was arrange in 1973 (*73*) Raine’s House, was given discover to depart in 2018 to make manner for council renovations of the historic constructing, the unique website of the 300-year-old Raine’s Foundation School, to show it right into a “neighbourhood hub” to rent out. 

But Kathy, who grew up in Wapping and Stepney earlier than transferring to Canvey, felt the pensioners have been being priced out.

The membership was shifted out to close by Glamis Estate Tenants’ Hall in Shadwell, however ultimately closed throughout lockdown. The weekly bingo classes are being resumed (*73*) the location as a tribute to Kathy, who was educated (*73*) Bishop Challoner Secondary and went on to a profession with a housing affiliation earlier than retirement.

Kathy, who died (*73*) residence in Canvey, leaves a husband Ray, 76, three youngsters, Lorraine, Paul and Terry, and eight grandchildren. Her funeral is (*73*) Pitsea Crematorium on Friday, May 28, (*73*) 3pm.

Historic Reine's House in Wapping 

Historic Raine’s House in Wapping

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