Ruth Rendell

A patron of the Family Holiday Association

Ruth Rendell (1930 – 2015) author and patron of the Family Holiday Association

Ruth Rendell died on 2 May and her life has, over the past few days, been the subject of many glowing obituaries that celebrated her almost 50 years of writing. But what many people didn’t realise was her commitment to a wide range of charities including her role as patron of the Family Holiday Association.

She was an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Tourism in the last parliament and regularly asked questions on the subject in the House of Lords where she sat as a Labour peer. The video above is of her in action three years ago asking a question following the publication of the APPG’s inquiry into social tourism “Giving Britain a Break”.

An earlier question in February 2010 resulted in a report on the BBC’s Yesterday in Parliament.

And a few months later she was busy again delivering our BBC Radio 4 Appeal –

Ruth was someone only too willing to give her time to causes in which she believed and she did so in a very friendly and open manner. One of many outstanding memories include sitting with her in one of the Palace’s tea rooms and witnessing the sheer number of so many friends and colleagues – from across the political spectrum – wanting to catch a few words with her.

Ruth Rendell was of great help and support to the charity and I, personally, feel very honoured to have met and worked with such an outstanding woman.

John McDonald, Director
13 May 2015