A fond farewell to a Sheffield man who became a hero in the community

Ted Jenkins in 2015
Ted Jenkins in 2015
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Emotional tributes have been paid to a ‘community hero’ who dedicated his life to helping others in his adopted home of Sheffield.

Ted Jenkins MBE, aged 72, of Kent Road, Heeley, has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ted Jenkins after being awarded his MBE for youth services in 2000 with his sisters Christine, Maureen and Edie

Ted Jenkins after being awarded his MBE for youth services in 2000 with his sisters Christine, Maureen and Edie

But he leves behind a remarkable legacy after helping and caring for generations of young people after arriving in Sheffield.

Ted was best known for his work with children, especially in the Herdings and Handsworth youth clubs for where he ran scores of trips and events over four decades.

London-born Ted moved to Sheffield in 1968 and carried out selfless work with children in many parts of the city.

His sterling community work did not go unnoticed and he was awarded with an MBE in April 2000.

His nephew, Simon Vinall, 46 of Eltham, London, paid tribute to his uncle.

He said: “I really don’t know where to start, everywhere Ted went he left such a mark on everyone’s lives.

“He was a real hero of the community in Sheffield.

“I used to visit him as kid and spend the summer holidays up in Sheffield – I had some brilliant childhood memories.”

But it was not until Simon went back to Herdings Youth Club a few weeks ago that it dawned on him just what a special man his uncle was.

“People kept coming up to me with all these amazing stories and I realised that he lived such an incredible life.”

Simon added that Ted took two boys from Gleadless Valley under his wing and vowed they would go to university – and under his guidance the boys did.

Ted loved his travels and made many friends across the world in Australia, China, New Zealand, America

Hundreds of tributes have been left on social media frp, former youth club members even as far as Australia.

Ted’s funeral takes place today at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Hutcliffe Wood Road, at 3pm.