Tributes paid to former Mayor and great Ark supporter

TRIBUTES have been paid to Councillor Anne Court - former Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane and a long-time Ark Cancer Centre Charity supporter - after she sadly passed away.

Ark was proud and honoured to be one of Anne's Mayoral Charities during her year in office from May 2015 to May 2016.

Mother-of-two Anne, who represented the Kempshott ward for over 25 years and was an influential figure in many local community organisations, and her husband Richard continued to be great supporters of Ark.

Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees said: "Everyone at Ark is saddened by the news that Anne has passed away, and we send our condolences to Richard and her family.

Anne was a marvellous supporter of Ark, and she played a key role in helping to raise the profile of, and funds for, the charity. She was someone who made a massive difference to many good causes, and she will be much mourned and much missed.

Mark Jones from the Ark Charity, said: "Anne was a very special and wonderful lady, and she is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met. It was always an enjoyable and uplifting experience to spend time with her, and she and Richard became dear friends as well as being wonderful supporters of Ark."Anne touched so many lives in such a positive way, and she has left a legacy of kindness, caring and making a difference. I, like so many others, will always feel lucky to have known her."

The current Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Diane Taylor, said: “Anne has been a long-time colleague and friend to many of us, and she will be greatly missed."Throughout her recent period of bad health, she retained her determination to continue effectively in her role as councillor for the Kempshott ward."She has been a consistent and steadfast presence in the council for many years - a brave fighter and a woman of kindness and wisdom.”

Cllr Ken Rhatigan, leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, said: "Anne was a dedicated public servant of Kempshott for over 25 years, and was much respected as a true champion for Kempshott and Basingstoke."