Dedicated hospital volunteer dies at the age of 103

Leah Braybrooks
Leah Braybrooks
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A pharmacy dispenser who spent a decade volunteering at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital has died at the age of 103.

Leah Braybrooks dedicated her time to serving teas and cakes at the Women Royal Voluntary Service cafe after her two husbands died.

She also volunteered at the Barnsley Family Planning Clinic in the 1970s and 1980s.

Her son Fred said: “She was the sort of person who just did things and never complained. She was always helpful to people and loved children.

“She was brought up in an age where people did things without wanting credit for it.”

Leah, who went by her nickname Peggy, was born in Narberth in southwest Wales in 1912.

She met her first husband, Dr Fred Rodgers, while she was working as a dispenser in hospitals around Sheffield.

The two narrowly escaped the blitz in 1940, when the stable they took shelter in was bombed just two minutes after they left.

The couple went on to work together until he died in 1969.

Leah remarried five years later to Noel Braybrooks, a widower who managed a Boots pharmacy.

Leah, who died peacefully on Tuesday at the Broomcroft House Care Home, is survived by three sons, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.