Tributes to ‘saintly’ Sheffield charity worker

Tributes have been paid to Sheffield charity worker Myra Davis
Tributes have been paid to Sheffield charity worker Myra Davis
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Tributes have been paid to a Sheffield charity worker who dedicated her life to helping hundreds of refugees.

Myra Davis, who helped found organisations Assist, Sheffield Conversation Club and the Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers, has died at the age of 76.

The mother-of-two, of Nether Edge, opened her home to many asylum seekers, allowing them to live with her as their applications were processed.

Myra, who was also a member of the Green Party and Amnesty International, came into contact with many asylum seekers and refugees while teaching English as a foreign language around Sheffield.

Friends today described her as a ‘saint’ and said they had been overwhelmed with tributes.

Richard Chessum, vice-chairman of Assist, said the charity was a spin-off of the Sheffield Conversation Club, set up to allow refugees and asylum seekers to practice English and make new friends.

“She cared about people and spent the whole of her life trying to help people,” he said.

“She opened her house up all the time.

“She had been in touch with hundreds of people and since her death I have been getting calls, texts and emails from so many people.”

Margaret Spooner, a friend of Myra’s who is part of Assist, said: “She did such a lot of work for individuals. She made each individual feel as if they were the only person who needed her help,” she said.

“She was very enthusiastic and just to talk to her made you feel you wanted to go out and do something.

“Everyone felt she was their mother.”

Graham Wroe, from Sheffield Green Party, said: “Myra was one of the most saintly women I have ever met. She devoted her life to others and did the most amazing work with refugees and asylum seekers.”

A family funeral is to take place in Brighton, with friends due to organise a memorial service for Myra in Sheffield at a later date.