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A special tribute to Sherma Batson…
It is with a heavy heart from all the Trustees to report the passing of our Founder Cllr Sherma Batson, MBE, DL, CC in early January 2017. Her sudden passing at the age of 59, was and continues to be a shock to the communities she served with such energy, heart, passion and commitment. She was always “there” no matter what time of day or night for the people across the cultures and topics and issues.
She remains in our hearts and minds and in July 2017, the Together Centre was renamed Sherma Batson Centre. This centre and SWF are part of her legacy to the people in Stevenage and Stevenage Borough Council have posthumously conferred the Freedom of Stevenage on Sherma.
She worked tirelessly for all of us but with good humour and strong determination to make a difference and resolve problems. She was a terrific role model and there are many people, especially women, who were and are inspired by her to do things for themselves.