It is with great sadness that Wokingham Liberal Democrats have learned that former party campaigner and Evendons Ward Councillor Helen Power, lost her long battle with cancer on Saturday 29th August.
Helen was part of the team that started the local Lib Dem revival on the Borough Council, winning her seat in Evendons Ward on a momentous night in May 2018. Tragically it was just 8 months later that Helen would have to resign as a Counsellor after undergoing what Helen described as 'brutal' chemotherapy treatment and being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Helen was an amazing and inspirational lady, her fighting spirit, joyous personality, and caring nature brought light into the lives of everyone who knew her. During her short time on the Borough Council she fought hard for her residents and both local party members and residents of Evendons Ward will always remember her with great love and affection. Helen spent her last few weeks in the excellent care of the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. Our grateful thanks to everyone who cared for her during this time and our thoughts and prayers are with husband Liam and their family.
Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Wokingham Borough Council, Lindsay Ferris said 'I first had the pleasure of getting to know Helen in 2012 when she was the Political Assistant to the Liberal Democrat group at WBC. Helen was always enthusiastic, helpful, and willing to do whatever was asked of her. Throughout she was always passionate about supporting the local community and residents. My delight when Helen was elected in 2018 turned to devastation when incurable cancer was diagnosed. Helen was loved and respected by everyone who knew her and made an invaluable contribution to the Liberal Democrat group. Helen will be remembered by everyone who was fortunate enough to meet her and will be greatly missed.'
Fellow Lib Dem Councillor Prue Bray said 'Before she was a councillor, Helen was political assistant to the Lib Dem group on the Borough Council. She was a real pleasure to work with but also so determined to fight for what she believed in and to make a difference. It is so hard to think she is gone."
Lib Dem Councillor Sarah Kerr took over Helen's Council seat following a by-election in February 2019. Amongst Sarah's most treasured possessions is the Lib Dem rosette which she wore to victory and was given to her by Helen Power. Sarah said 'Helen meant so much to so many people. I have lost count of the number of times I have been stopped in the street with people asking after her. On a personal level, Helen was the one that inspired me to move into public service - I owe her so much. She was my mentor. We were supposed to do this role side by side and the by-election win was very much a bittersweet moment. Helen was so much more than a colleague and fellow campaigner: she was our friend. The memories I hold of our friendship I will treasure forever, and my only regret is that we were not able to make more memories. My heart goes out to Helen's family and friends.'