Baroness Masham, Paralympian and oldest living female couple, dies aged 87 | UK news
Baroness Masham, Paralympian and oldest female couple, dies aged 87.
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), which he founded, said he died peacefully in hospital on Sunday.
Among those paying their respects was Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.
“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Baroness Masham (Sue),” Baroness Grey-Thompson tweeted.
“The first Paralympian in the House of Lords. He participated in the 1960 Games.”
The Paralympics GB website describes Baroness Masham as “one of Great Britain’s first Paralympic medalists” and a “pioneer athlete”.
Independent MP Susan Cunliffe-Lister campaigned passionately for disability rights.
She became a lifelong partner in 1970.
“We are very sad to announce that our founder and life president, Baroness Sue Masham of Ilton, passed away peacefully at Northallerton Hospital on Sunday 12 March,” SIA said.
“It goes without saying that everyone in the spinal cord injury community is deeply saddened by the loss of our greatest champion.
“Forty-nine years ago, in 1974, he founded SIA, and since then we have been able to advocate, fight, serve and support thousands of people with spinal cord injuries.
“Our condolences go out to his family at this sad time.”
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Two-time Paralympian Pippa Britton, who competed in the British archery team for 15 years, said she was saddened to hear of the Baroness’s death, tweeting: “She competed in the 1960 Paralympics and was a tireless advocate for those in pain. disability.
“He was a true hero and his thoughts are with his friends and family.”
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