Driving force behind a fund raising group in Wisbech dies at the age of 90

Eileen Plater MBE. Picture: Steve Williams.

Eileen Plater MBE. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A woman who has been a key player in the Friends of Wisbech Hospital since the 1960s has died at the age of 90.

Eileen Plater, MBE, has been a member since 1966 and has been chairman for 30 years.

She was still going to meetings until about six months ago when it became too difficult for her to attend.

Malcolm Bruce, Friends chairman, said: “She was a great character and will be sadly missed.

“Eileen was the sort of person you didn’t say no to, whether it was buying a raffle ticket, donating a prize or giving a helping hand.

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“She was very much for the Friends over the years. In the early days it was a time when the Friends didn’t have two pennies to rub together.

“Over the years their fund raising grew and grew and had it not been for Eileen and for the Friends, the hospital would not have existed.

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“We’re deeply saddened but she would not have wanted to be ill for a long period of time.”

Eileen worked at the Wisbech branch of Barclays for 40 years in her role as financial adviser and was well placed to ask for support for the local hospital, Mr Bruce said.

A keen musician, she played piano, was a member of the Wisbech Players and at one time was the chair of the Women’s Guild.

Miss Plater, who never married, had lived at Glenfields Care Home in Wisbech for the last six years and complained of being ill on Sunday.

She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn but she died later that day.

She leaves a cousin, Bill Williams, who is also a member of Friends.

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