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SHEILA McKECHNIE DEATH

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Commenting on the death of Sheila McKechnie, (Shelter director 1984-1995), from cancer on 2 January, present direct...
Commenting on the death of Sheila McKechnie, (Shelter director 1984-1995), from cancer on 2 January, present director Adam Sampson said:

'Anyone who had ever worked or been in contact with her will deeply

saddened by Sheila McKechnie's death at such an early age. Between

1985 to 1994, as director of Shelter, she was an enormous force for

positive change and campaigned relentlessly to move homelessness and bad

housing up the political agenda.

'Over that decade she campaigned to maintain levels of social house

building in the face of the Conservative government's policy of selling

off council homes. She also made Shelter's name synonymous with social

campaigning by putting in place structures that ensured the long-term

viability of the organisation

'One of her greatest sources of pride was her promotion and eventual

establishment of the foyer movement for young people in the UK, which

aimed, at the time, to end the cycle of homelessness and unemployment.

'Sheila's passionate and committed style directly transformed the lives

of many of society's most poor and dispossessed people and helped make

Shelter the powerful voice it remains today.

'She will be greatly missed.'

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