Tributes paid to ‘inspirational’ June

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TRIBUTES have been paid this week to well-known local animal campaigner June Scotting who was killed in a car crash at the weekend.

June was on her way to run a charity stall in Wisbech on Saturday (December 17) when her white LDV Pilot van was involved in a collision with a blue articulated lorry carrying sugar beet travelling in the opposite direction.

The accident happened at around 8am on the A1122 Downham Road at Nordelph.

Fifty-four-year-old June was born in Stoke Newington, London and grew up in Enfield, Middlesex.

She left school to work in a chemist’s shop before qualifying as a driving instructor and ran her own driving school for several years.

In 1987 she moved to Norfolk where, with her future husband, Colin Hawes, they ran a successful motor trade business for fourteen years. She worked tirelessly for charity and the business was sold so that she and her, by now, husband could devote more time to their respective charity interests. June worked as a volunteer for the Cats’ Protection League in both Stow Bridge and Chatteris before setting up, with other volunteers, The Cat Welfare Charity Fund in Wisbech 15 years ago.

The group has thrived attracting more volunteers, donors and needy cats each year. June’s principal love was fundraising for her group and only two days before her death she had helped raise £800 by leading her team in running a charity bingo evening at Emneth village hall.

June had many outside interests including bridge at which she represented both Norfolk and Essex.

She was a member of West Norfolk Flower Club and line danced weekly in Denver village hall.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, her mother and sister, other relations and numerous friends and supporters.

Among friends to pay tribute was Dawn Sammons from Emneth, who together with June paid regular visits to Thailand to help the stray cat and dog population, and Lindsay Kierman from Wisbech Cat Welfare.

They said: “She will be sorely missed in the Wisbech area by her friends, the animals and people she helped and in fact all who knew her.

“Many will miss her always-cheerful nature and generous spirit. June was a common sight on Wisbech market with her charity stalls selling all sorts of donated items to raise funds for her beloved charity, Cat Welfare, Wisbech.

“Her passion and energy inspired others to work alongside her, resulting in many hundreds of cats being helped and re-homed.

June cared deeply for all her friends and gave unstintingly of her time and kindness to enhance other people’s lives.

She cared passionately for all animals, and embarked the project to raise money for stray dogs and cats in Thailand. Nothing gave June greater pleasure than knowing that she had saved or enriched the life of an animal anywhere in the world.

She shared that pleasure with Dawn, who became a willing accomplice in fundraising and trips to Thailand to hand out the money and see it being put to good use.

Dawn summed up her feelings for June: “I was privileged to be a friend of such a wonderful woman. The world has lost one of its very best.”

Lindsay added: “June was a truly inspirational woman whose death leaves a huge gap which can never be filled.”

Contact SCIT on 101 if you witnessed the collision or the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident.